The Hidden Wordsworth: Poet, Lover, Rebel, Spy
W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 965 pages
A surprise-filled biography of the radical young poet whose fiery intellect revolutionized English poetry, The Hidden Wordsworth breaks through the carefully crafted but frequently misleading accounts of his youth that William Wordsworth created in his later years. In this enthralling narrative, the great Romantic poet emerges as a man of action during his youth and early manhood, when, in Wordsworth's own words, "Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive, / But to be young was very heaven!" Kenneth Johnston explores Wordsworth's links with radical British reformists, French revolutionary leaders, and journalists, and, astonishingly, reveals Wordsworth as an agent for the British "Secret Service" on the Continent and at home. Deeply intertwined with his politics, Wordsworth's emotional life has until now been even more deeply buried. Johnston illuminates and freshly interprets Wordsworth's relations with his sister, Dorothy, with his French mistress, Annette Vallon, and with his sister-in-law, Sara Hutchinson. At the same time, The Hidden Wordsworth explores the poet's intense and often destructive relations with a cluster of young writers, leading up to his friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of the most productive, if highly fraught, collaborations in literary history. Based on new research in government archives in England and France, school and university records, and intimate letters, The Hidden Wordsworth is a warts-and-all account of a young poet who lived a life even Byron would have envied.
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THE HIDDEN WORDSWORTH: Poet, Lover, Rebel, SpyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
As admirers of William Wordsworth's epochal Lyrical Ballads celebrate that volume's bicentennial, this conscientious yet surprise-filled life of the poet will deepen their appreciation of his ... Read full review
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From the Lyrical Ballads to the epic poem Prelude, Wordsworth expresses the "natural supernaturalism" and the radical individualism of the Romantic movement. In exhaustive, and sometimes exhausting ... Read full review
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THE CHILD IS FATHER
The Vale ofEsthwaite
While We Were Schoolboys
Verses from the Impulse of My Own Mind
Stranger Lounger Lover
Weighing the Man in the Balance
Triumphs of Failure
Writing in SelfDefense
WHAT IS A POET?
We Have Learnt to Know Its Value 6
Something of a Republic
Golden Days and Giddy Prospects
The Mighty Mind
Revolution and Romance
A Return to France?
The Evidence of Speculation
Philanthropy or Treason?
Of Cabbages and Radicals
An Independent Intellect
The Spy and the Mariner
The Mariner and the Recluse
Home at Grasmere
A k a Lyrical Ballads
Selling the Book Creating the Poet
Peace Marriage Inheritance
Disciples and Partners
The End of The Prelude
Presenting the Poet
Hiding the Man
Was Wordsworth the Name Not to Be Mentioned?