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.
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
Beginning with the publication of their joint collection of poems Lyrical Ballads in 1798, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were instrumental in helping to establish the Romantic Movement as a major force in nineteenth century British literature. Two of the movement’s greatest figures, they were responsible for composing some of the most well-known poems in the British literary canon and influenced generations of acolytes. They were also the foremost literary critics of the period, contributing influential writings on literary theory and philosophy — exemplified by Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria.
‘Routledge Library Editions: Wordsworth and Coleridge’ assembles a wide range of scholarship and criticism that covers all aspects of their diverse output and charts the vicissitudes of their lives — examining their poetry, criticism, philosophy and sources of inspiration. It will also help introduce them to newer readers and explain notoriously difficult to understand works like Wordsworth’s The Prelude. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 and 1991 and will be of interest to students of literature and literary history.