Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle” as Want to Read:
A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this group biography of the women who featured in the lives of the poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, Kathleen Jones takes us into the kitchens, sickrooms, and eventually the madwoman's attics of these major Romantic households. The image of the familiar rustic idyll of Romantic poetry depends upon the bracing way these women bore the ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 2nd 2000 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade (first published June 16th 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Passionate Sisterhood, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Passionate Sisterhood

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 65)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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 Inspired by the author’s discovery in the archives of Dove Cottage of the largely unpublished journals of Dorothy Wordsworth this is a story previously untold.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 ‘
Kathleen Jones
Feb 26, 2012 Kathleen Jones added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books

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
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
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.
Alipaddle marked it as to-read
May 15, 2015
Dianne marked it as to-read
Apr 29, 2015
Sheila marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2015
Jennifer marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2015
Nancy marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2015
Minstrelka marked it as to-read
Mar 29, 2015
Kayla marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2015
Emma Draper-rigby
Emma Draper-rigby marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2014
Caroline marked it as to-read
May 14, 2014
Hanna marked it as to-read
Apr 10, 2014
Lotte marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2014
Luci Davin
Luci Davin marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2013
Annemarie marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2013
Kristi marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2014
Carolyn Hembree
Carolyn Hembree marked it as to-read
Aug 01, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Kathleen Jones...
Catherine Cookson The Sun's Companion Seeking Catherine Cookson's Da Katherine Mansfield: The Story-Teller Learning Not To Be First: The Life Of Christina Rossetti

Share This Book