First published in 1991, this book collects a broad array of path-finding scholarship by specialists in Coleridge and Romantic literature on the subject of his prose. They range from broad appraisals of Coleridge’s own critical practises; demonstrations of the fecundity of his autobiography, the Biographia Literaria, for contemporaries; the effect of Milton and the radical polemicists of the English Civil War on Coleridge’s early political and religious dissent; and the influence of the Hebrew prophetic tradition in his move away from the conjectural millenarianism of his youth towards the interpretation of Prophecy and a symbolic narrative.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors; Abbreviations; Introduction Peter J. Kitson and Thomas N. Corns Coleridge as Critic John Beer Coleridge’s Notebook Scribblings Kathleen Wheeler "The Electric Fluid of Truth": The Ideology of the Commmonwealthsman in Coleridge’s The Plot Discovered Coleridge, Kabbalah, and the Book of Daniel Tim Fulford "Murdering One’s Double": De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater and S.T. Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria Nigel Leask To "Make a Bull": Autiobiography, Idealism and Writing in Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria Steven Vine Coleridge against Romantic Autobiography: Charles Lamb’s "Letter of Elia to Robert Southey" William Ruddick