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Robert Southey : entire man of letters

Author: W A Speck
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his lifetime Robert Southey was very much the equal of his fellow 'Lake poets', Coleridge and Wordsworth. But since his death his reputation has been overshadowed by their success. In this new biography W. A. Speck argues that if Southey's poetry is no longer considered as significant, his other writings were more salient and his political views far more influential than those of his fellow poets. He was, as
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Speck, W.A. (William Arthur), 1938-
Robert Southey.
New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2006
(OCoLC)607851975
Named Person: Robert Southey; Robert Southey; Robert Southey
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: W A Speck
ISBN: 0300116810 9780300116816
OCLC Number: 63178951
Description: xx, 305 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Family tree --
pt. I. 'A morning of ardour and of hope' Schoolboy (1774-1792) ; Student (1792-1794) ; Pantisocrat (1794-1795) ; 'Jacobin' (1795-1800) ; 'Shuttlecock of fortune' (1800-1803) --
pt. II. 'A day of clouds and storms' Laker (1803-1807) ; Lake poet (1807-1809) ; 'Historiographer to Mr. Ballantyne' (1809-1813) ; Poet laureate (1813-1816) ; 'Apostate' (1817-1822) ; 'The most powerful literary supporter of the Tories' (1822-1829) ; 'The doctor' (1829-1834) --
pt. III. 'An evening of gloom closed in by premature darkness' Widower (1834-1837) ; Old man (1837-1839) ; Epilogue.
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