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The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

by Rosemary Ashton

Part of the Wiley Blackwell Critical Biographies Series

The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Synopsis

Rosemary Ashton explores the many facets of Samuel Taylor Coleridgea s complex personality, by turns poet, critic, thinker, enchanting companion, feckless husband, fabled conversationalist and guilt--ridden opium addict.

The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge Press Reviews

A fine addition to the biographical attempt to catch the complex and elusive figure of Coleridge. The volume is notable for its aliveness, its signal success in giving us a living breathing human being. Professor Thomas McFarland, Princeton University This book provides the student or general reader with an excellent critical introduction to Coleridgea s life and work. Ashton has a gift for elucidating difficult concepts in clear and straightforward language. I can think of no better single volume Coleridge biography. Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow This is a stimulating study of a man of many obvious talents. Alan Bold, The Herald Ashton writes lucidly, and the book will be accessible to the layman and student as well as useful to the card--carrying Coleridge scholar; it is good, at last, to have a biography one can recommend so highly. Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement Rosemary Ashton sets store by telling the sheer story. As vitally documented narrative, altogether free from melodrama. The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a deft feat. Christopher Dicks, London Quarterly Here is a new biography of Coleridge that is likely to become the standard life of the poet. Rosmary Ashtona s The Life of Sammuel Taylor Coleridge: A critical Biography offers a comprehensive and judicious survey of the poeta s life and writings. John Strachen University of Sunderland Professor Ashton identifies the tangle of abilities and pursuits that ranged from poetry to criticism philosophy to politics, opium--induced imagination to sparkling conversation.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780631207542
Publication date: 29th November 1997
Author: Rosemary Ashton
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 508 pages
Categories: Biography: general, Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

About Rosemary Ashton

Rosemary Ashton is Professor of English at University College, London. Her books include The German Idea (1980), George Eliot (1983), Little Germany (1986) and G.H. Lewes: A life (1991).

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