A Passionate Sisterhood
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Published June 16th 1997 by Constable
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Avril Joy
‘A Passionate Sisterhood,’ is the fascinating story of the women who lived with the Lake Poets – Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth and their complex relationships with both the men and with each other. Inspired by the author’s discovery in the archives of Dove Cottage of the largely unpublished journals of Dorothy Wordsworth this is a story previously untold. And what a story!
For biography to work for me I have to trust the biographer and I need to be captivated by the story – both are true of ‘...more
Kathleen Jones
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This is probably my favourite out of all the biographies I've written. It began in the archives of Dove Cottage (once Dorothy and William Wordsworth's home) where I was researching something else. I stumbled on boxes of diaries and letters from the women who lived with the Lake Poets - Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth - many of them unused by scholars researching the men. They included Dorothy Wordsworth's journals and I was surprised to see that she kept a journal almost all her life, though o...more
Dona Krueger
Tremendously interesting biography of the lake poets and their wives. Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey - great friends as young men with Southey and Coleridge marrying sisters. The frustrated genuis of the children of these gifted men and often their likewise gifted wives and siblings. Reading about Sara Coleridge's brilliance and her Victorian subjucation of female intellectual superiority, revealed again, the loss of great female voiced literature.
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I was brought up on a remote hill farm in the English Lake District. I started writing as a teenager, publishing small pieces in local magazines and newspapers, fanzines and teenage mags such as ‘Jackie’. I married very early and started travelling the world with my husband, had four children, worked in broadcasting in the middle east, and became a single parent. Back in the UK I went to universit...more
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