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Wordsworth's "exquisite sister", as Coleridge described her, was not only the cherished companion of the two poets, but also a writer who possessed a geniune poetic imagination in her own right. The journals she kept at Alfoxden, in 1798, where her brother and Coleridge were composing the Lyrical Ballads and at Grasmere from 1800 to 1803, when she and Wordsworth were livin ...more
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Published May 1st 1970 by Archon Books (first published 1970)
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Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At times, reading this seems to verge on voyeurism - her overwhelming adoration of Wm is so evident. Everything revolves around him, with never a hint of resentment - and why should there be, I suppose, we don't really know much from his perspective. The sense of place in the Grasmere Journals is startlingly vivid, the matter-of-fact accounts of cooking, gardening (imagine Wm tying up the scarlet runners!) quietly build a picture of their everyday life, and then there is the concern for all arou ...more
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The journals are a fascinating glimpse into a time and place. The edition I read, edited by Mary Moorman, could have used more extensive footnotes, though--there are many places where the modern reader needs context in order to fully understand and appreciate Wordsworth's journals.
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I've never cared for the works of her brother, but I looked into this journal to see if anyone in the family was a better writer. Nope, she's as boring as he is.
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Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth was an English poet and diarist. She was the sister of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the two were close for all of their lives. Dorothy Wordsworth did not set out to be an author, and her writings comprise a series of letters, diary entries, and short stories.

She also edited much of William’s work. She was one of two people he attributed to the development o
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