By Valerie Purton
This chronological account of the lifetime of Samuel Taylor Coleridge is equipped up from modern files, together with the letters and journals of the author and of his friends and family. Maps, a genealogy and an index are integrated besides over 50 biographical sketches of the Coleridge circle. The growth of the writer's schooling, interpreting, friendships and highbrow pursuits is punctiliously adumbrated and the booklet offers an entire history to the genesis of the literary paintings. in addition to descriptions of the genesis of Coleridge's significant works, a juxtaposition is made up of the writer's perspectives with these of Wordsworth. Valerie Purton has co-written "Poems by way of Brothers: A learn of George Clayton Tennyson and Charles Tennyson D'Eyncout", and released articles in "A.R.I.E.L. and Prose reviews" and "The Dictionary of British girls Writers".
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July 2 (Sun) STC collects DW from Racedown and brings her to Stowey. The WWs stay a fortnight. 7 CL arrives and stays for a week. He, WW, DW and Sara walk to Alfoxden to see a waterfall. STC is left behind because Sara has accidentally scalded his foot. While they are away he writes This Lime Tree Bower my Prison'. 12 Poole negotiates an agreement for the WWs to rent Alfoxden House for a year. It is only four miles west of Stowey. 13 The WWs move into Alfoxden, together with Basil Montagu, son of WW's Cambridge friend, whom they are being paid to educate.
14 STC preaches a sermon in the Unitarian chapel at Shrewsbury, which is a great success. Meets William Hazlitt (aged 17), the son of the Unitarian minister at Wem in Shropshire. 32 15 17 30 A Coleridge Chronology STC stays overnight with the Hazlitts. Next morning he receives a letter from the Wedgwoods offering him £150 a year for life to devote himself to poetry and philosophy. William Hazlitt witnesses the moment when he decides to accept, 'in the act of trying on one of his shoes'. He accompanies STC for six miles on his way back to Shrewsbury and is invited to visit Stowey in the spring.
William Hazlitt visits Stowey and is brought to Alfoxden, where he reads the manuscript for Lyrical Ballads and stays overnight. On the following morning STC reads T h e Idiot Boy' aloud in the park. The next day they spend at Stowey, the next at Alfoxden. (late) Cottle comes to Stowey and Alfoxden to discuss plans to publish the Lyrical Ballads. They all walk to Lynmouth and back. The day after Cottle's departure, STC walks to Linton, stays overnight and returns the next day. He writes to Cottle that he has decided not to dedicate the Lyrical Ballads to the Wedgwoods: he will wait four or five years until he has something substantial to offer them.
A Coleridge Chronology by Valerie Purton