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Wordsworth: A Life

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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.

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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 4th 1996)
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Patricia Fawcett
An amazing, deep account of possibly the greatest of the Romantic poets. We all cut our teeth on 'The Daffodils' at primary school. There is so much more to Wordsworth. I have read much of his work over the years; dip in and out of 'The Prelude' and you get parts of his life in his own words. Juliet Barker's extensive research fleshes out what we know about Wordsworth and emerges with an almost-living, three-dimensional picture. As a lifelong lover of the poetry of William Wordsworth, a visit to ...more
Charles Puskas
Reading through the family life and friends of William Wordsworth. I wanted to find here more on his poetry and the great romantic movement he helped to found. Snippets of his poetry are inserted, however, and an exciting story is told of the tragic death of his brother, Captain John Wordsworth, as John's ship sank in an English harbor with feeble efforts at rescue from the nearby residents. William Wordsworth appears in this biography as a more responsible family man (and more productive poet) ...more
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Mar 12, 2009 Sandra D marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I cracked open this book and nearly screamed in horror. Almost 500 pages of text, which is not so bad, but the typeface is microscopic. Hmm, do I really want to know that much about Wordsworth?

This one might accidentally slip back to the bottom of my to-read stack.
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Juliet R. V. Barker (born 1958) is a British historian, specialising in the Middle Ages and literary biography. She is the author of a number of well-regarded works on the Brontës, William Wordsworth, and medieval tournaments. From 1983 to 1989 she was the curator and librarian of the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Barker was educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School and St Anne's College, Oxford, where
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