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The hidden Wordsworth : poet, lover, rebel, spy

Author: Kenneth R Johnston
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this account, Kenneth R. Johnston portrays a Wordsworth different in crucial ways from the one that the poet intended us to know. Taking advantage of unprecedented access to government archives in England and France, family papers, school and university records, and intimate letters, he brings little-known aspects of Wordsworth's life and character to the fore. With its urban revolutions and Alpine scenery,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William (Schriftsteller) Wordsworth
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth R Johnston
ISBN: 0393046230 9780393046236
OCLC Number: 37608308
Notes: Maps depicting 'Wordsworth's London, 1791-1795' and 'Wordsworth's Paris, 1791-1793' on endpapers.
Description: xxii, 965 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: The child is father --
The ministries of fear and beauty --
The vale of Esthwaite --
"While we were schoolboys" --
"Verses from the impulse of my own mind" --
Stranger, lounger, lover --
Young love-liking --
Weighing the man in the balance --
Something of a Republic --
Golden hours --
Golden days and giddy prospects --
Part II: Of the man --
The mighty city --
The might mind --
Revolution and romance --
Castaway --
A return to France? --
A return to France: the evidence of speculation --
Legacy hunting --
Philanthropy or treason? --
Of cabbages and radicals --
An independent intellect --
The spy and the mariner --
The mariner and the recluse --
Triumphs of failure --
Wye wandering --
"Mr. Wordsworth" --
Writing in self-defense --
Destination unknown --
Part III: What is a poet? --
"We have learnt to know its value" --
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.
Responsibility: Kenneth R. Johnston.

Abstract:

In this account, Kenneth R. Johnston portrays a Wordsworth different in crucial ways from the one that the poet intended us to know. Taking advantage of unprecedented access to government archives in England and France, family papers, school and university records, and intimate letters, he brings little-known aspects of Wordsworth's life and character to the fore. With its urban revolutions and Alpine scenery, French mistresses and passionate sisters, secret agents, aristocratic ogres, and furious guardian uncles, The Hidden Wordsworth unfolds a life that Byron might have envied. Johnston relates Wordsworth's attempt to cover up these personal details, his systematic and successful efforts to hide his "juvenile errors" from his contemporaries and from history. But they did not disappear: many of them stare us in the face from the lines of his greatest poetry, like purloined letters we have not seen because they are too obvious.

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