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Wordsworth and Coleridge : the radical years /
Nicholas Roe.
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
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xvi, 306 p. : ill. --
ISBN
0198128681 :
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Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
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0198128681 :
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2124811
 
Bibliography: p. [280]-295.
Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-11:
Here is that genuine rarity, a study that adds enormously to an often treated subject--the politically formative years of Wordsworth and Coleridge. The rich manuscript sources consulted by Nicholas Roe, in both England and France, have yielded so much new information that all previous treatments are at once superseded. The pre-Lyrical Ballads years of both Wordsworth and Coleridge have always been obscured by the paucity of documentation concerning their political activities. Coleridge later either misrepresented or denied his youthful radical propensities. Wordsworth simply left large gaps in the record. Roe has shown, as nobody has before, how deeply involved both were in such dissenting groups as the London Corresponding Society, and with reform movements generally. Students of English history and politics, as well as English majors, will here find the best account available of what the turbulent political-intellectual-religious atmosphere of London was like in the decade following the French Revolution. The political implications of Wordsworth's major early poems--The Prelude, the Recluse fragments, and some of the Lyrical Ballads-- are much enriched by Roe's acute analyses. Gifted undergraduates as well as graduate faculty will profit from this outstanding volume. -N. Fruman, University of Minnesota
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