Wordsworth: A Life

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Harper Collins, 13 окт. 2009 г. - Всего страниц: 592

The figure of William Wordsworth looms over the nineteenth century like a presiding genius. Sage, seer, and Poet Laureate, Wordsworth was revered by his Victorian contemporaries as a writer of tender, lyrical poetry, a controversial challenger of social and artistic convention, a devoted champion of country life, and the spiritual founder of the conservation movement.

In this masterful work, the first biography to fully examine Wordsworth's entire life, critically acclaimed biographer Juliet Barker draws on unpublished sources to present a new picture of him as both public icon and private family man. Balancing meticulous research with engaging prose, she reveals not only the public figure who was courted and reviled in equal measure but also the complex, elusive, private citizen behind that image, vividly re-creating the intimacy of Wordsworth's domestic circle, showing the love, laughter, loyalty, and tragedies that bound them together. Wordsworth is a major biography of one of the world's foremost poets, and a rich, unforgettable portrait of a fascinating and fiercely passionate man.

 

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A detailed biography that is sympathetic to the great Romantic poet. A huge amount of research. Vast supply of notes and references. Juliet Barker treats her subject with respect and objectivity. I ... Читать весь отзыв

WORDSWORTH: A Life

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English biographer Barker (The Brontës, 1995) sifts tediously and joylessly through the ponderous life of the great nature poet, friend to Coleridge and later laureate of England.Wordsworth enjoyed a ... Читать весь отзыв

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The Child is Father of the Man pre177083
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A Poor Devoted Crew 17847
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Squandered Abroad 178790
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A Vital Interest 179092
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A Patriot of the World 17934
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Benighted Heart and Mind 17946
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A Sett of Violent Democrats 17968
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The Giant Wordsworth 17989
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The Excursion 181314
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Increasing Influence 181416
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Bombastes Furioso 181720
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A Tour of the Continent 182022
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Idle Mount 18236
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Shades of the Prisonhouse 18269
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Furiously Alarmist 182933
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Falling Leaves 18336
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The Concern 17991800
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Home at Grasmere 18001802
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The Set is Broken 18025
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Acquiring the Quiet Mind 18056
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The Convention of Cintra 18079
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The Blessedest of Men 180911
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Suffer the Little Children 181112
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Coming Home 18369
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Real Greatness 183942
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Poet Laureate 18425
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Fixed and Irremovable Grief 18457
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Bowed to the Dust 184750
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Epilogue 185059
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Index
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Juliet Barker is internationally recognized for her ability to combine groundbreaking scholarly research with a highly readable and accessible style. Best known for her prizewinning and best-selling book The Brontës (1994), which was widely acclaimed as setting a new standard in literary biography, she is also an authority on medieval tournaments. Born in Yorkshire, she was educated at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School and St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she obtained a doctorate in medieval history. From 1983 to 1989 she was the curator and librarian of the Brontë Parsonage Museum. She has, for many years, been a frequent contributor to national and international television and radio as a historian and literary biographer, and has lectured in the United States and New Zealand. In 1999 she was one of the youngest-ever recipients of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, awarded by the University of Bradford in recognition of her outstanding contribution to literary biography. She is married, with two children, and lives in the South Pennines.

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