The Hidden Wordsworth

The Hidden Wordsworth

Poet, Lover, Rebel, Spy

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Baker & Taylor
A study of the English poet's emotional life, his relationships, his political ties, and his associations with other literary phenoms of his time

Norton Pub
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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& Taylor

A study of the English poet's emotional life, his relationships, his political ties, and his associations with other literary phenoms of his time exposes little-known details about the young William Wordsworth.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xxii, 965 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780393046236
0393046230
Branch Call Number: 821.09 Wor

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Mar 04, 2013

This is a very interesting book, but so hefty that I have to put it on my lap on a pillow to read it. The print seems to be very small and gray and the lines so close together it makes my eyes hurt. It is very thorough and insightful, however.

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