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William Wordsworth : a life

Autore: Stephen Gill
Editore: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Edizione/Formato:   book_printbook : Biography : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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At the age of twenty-eight, William Wordsworth had neither a settled income nor the professional qualifications needed to secure one. He had no home, and he could not support the illegitimate child he had fathered during an impetuous love affair in France. The total sum of his achievements since he had left Cambridge consisted of one slim, anonymously issued volume of Lyrical Ballads. Recognition came slowly, but by  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Gill, Stephen Charles.
William Wordsworth.
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)568762972
Persona incaricata: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Tipo materiale: Biography, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Stephen Gill
ISBN: 0198128282 9780198128281
Numero OCLC: 17983425
Descrizione: xix, 525 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contenuti: Pt. I. 1770-1787 --
1787-1792 --
1793-1795 --
1795-1797 --
1797-1798 --
1798-1799 Pt. II. 1800-1802 --
1803-1805 --
1806-1810 --
1810-1815 --
1816-1822 --
Pt. III. 1822-1832 --
1833-1839 --
1840-1850 --
Appendix --
Select bibliography --
Skeletal family tree of William Wordsworth --
Index.
Responsabilità: Stephen Gill.
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At the age of twenty-eight, William Wordsworth had neither a settled income nor the professional qualifications needed to secure one. He had no home, and he could not support the illegitimate child he had fathered during an impetuous love affair in France. The total sum of his achievements since he had left Cambridge consisted of one slim, anonymously issued volume of Lyrical Ballads. Recognition came slowly, but by age seventy, he was revered as a cultural icon, the Poet Laureate of England, and the most celebrated native of the Lake Country. Based on an intimate knowledge of the poet's manuscripts, on a fresh assessment of contemporary records, and a careful analysis of a wealth of new research, this vividly written volume presents the first serious biography of Wordsworth to appear in over twenty-five years. Stephen Gill, a leading authority on Wordsworth, reveals that, in many ways, this giant of English literature led a heroic life. Despite critical condemnation, numbing blows from the death of friends and family, including three of his own children, and his inability to earn a living as a writer in his early years, his dedication to his art did not waver. Moreover, Gill corrects the image of the older Wordsworth as a stodgy betrayer of his radical youth. While his politics certainly did change, and his poetic power waned from 1799 almost to his death in 1850, Wordsworth single-mindedly shaped his own life in submission to a power of imagination whose importance he never doubted. Offerring unparalleled insight into Wordsworth's poetic achievement, Gill illuminates what was most essential to Wordsworth himself: his life as a writer. -- Publisher's website.

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