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A passionate sisterhood : the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake poets

Author: Kathleen Jones
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this Group Biography of the women in the lives of poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, Kathleen Jones takes us into the kitchens, sickrooms, and eventually the madwoman's attics of these major Romantic households. The images of the familiar rustic idyll of Romantic poetry depends upon the bracing way these women bore the brunt of domestic realities. Behind the scenes of Romantic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William (Schriftsteller) Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Robert Southey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathleen Jones
ISBN: 0312227310 9780312227319
OCLC Number: 43083470
Description: xix, 313 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Brothers and sisters --
three milliners from Bath --
A state of dependence --
Love's first phantasies --
The German experiment --
The Lakers --
A plaited nest --
Phantoms and chimeras --
prejudice and prepossession --
The triad --
Lost children --
Dobrizhoffered --
The legacy of genius --
From poetry to prose.
Responsibility: Kathleen Jones.

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"In this Group Biography of the women in the lives of poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, Kathleen Jones takes us into the kitchens, sickrooms, and eventually the madwoman's attics of these major Romantic households. The images of the familiar rustic idyll of Romantic poetry depends upon the bracing way these women bore the brunt of domestic realities. Behind the scenes of Romantic poetry there are the real-life tales of false teeth, opium, illness, and dementia. The letters and journals of the women of the Wordsworth circle from the basis for an illuminating new account of their interconnected lives - their passionate attachments, jealousies, the deaths of children, the realities of chronic ill health. They also contribute to a fuller understanding of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey as all-too-fallible human beings."--Jacket.

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