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The Lake Poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, have become a literary myth and we are used to looking at the Lake District landscape through its romantic prism. But for their sisters, wives and daughters the view was very different. The Wordsworths lived at Grasmere, the Coleridges and Southeys twelve miles away at Keswick and the women created a kind of extended famil ...more
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Published June 16th 1997 by Constable & Robinson
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Penny
Aug 12, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were away in The Lake District for a holiday this summer and went to visit Wordsworth House (the house in which William Wordsworth was born) in Cockermouth which was so very interesting.
Whilst in the shop on leaving I spotted this book which says it tells of the lives of the wives, sisters and daughters of the the lake poets, namely William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey, and what an eyeopener it turned out to be absolutely fascinating! What a lot those women had to pu
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Diane
Feb 04, 2016 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A moving look at the women surrounding Wordsworth, Colerdige, et al. It concentrates on their daily lives and the resilience and independence they exhibited within the confines of early 19th century life for a female. It is sometimes shocking to think of what they suffered with high child mortality, lack of financial control, and the rigid social constraints. The writing style is not academic, so it is easy to get pulled into the lives of the women. The author had the added burden that all the w ...more
Avril Joy
Jul 10, 2012 Avril Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘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 Inspired by the author’s discovery in the archives of Dove Cottage of the largely unpublished journals of Dorothy Wordsworth this is a story previously untold.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 ‘
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Kathleen Jones
Feb 26, 2012 Kathleen Jones added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Vera
Sep 01, 2014 Vera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. Talking about literary geography - my next visit to the Lake District will feel a lot more special after having read this. If you can keep up with all the names of people and places you will find this book a page-turner.
Dona Krueger
Apr 03, 2010 Dona Krueger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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