The Friendship: Wordsworth and Coleridge

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The story of the legendary friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge

The friendship between William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge produced dazzling results. From it came Lyrical Ballads, the volume that kick-started the Romantic Movement in England. Rarely have two such gifted writers cooperated so closely. They met in 1795 when both were in their early twenties, and in the euphoria of mutual discovery these brilliant and idealistic young men planned a poem that would succeed where the French Revolution failed—a poem that would, quite literally, change the world. In this wonderfully lively and readable account, acclaimed author Adam Sisman explores their passionate and tempestuous bond and the way in which rivalry bred tension between them. Though much has been written about this extraordinary duo, no previous biographer has considered them together. The result offers insights into the rich yet neglected topic of friendship and tantalizing glimpses of the creative process itself.
 

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User Review  - dasam - LibraryThing

Sisman writes a balanced and fascinating biography of a poetic collaboration and deep friendship. The intense friendship these two poets had brought the best out in both of them. When their fiendship ... Read full review

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During the early, idyllic stage of their friendship Wordsworth and Coleridge spent long days wandering around in the natural beauty of the English countryside deep in discussion. Talking for miles and ... Read full review

Contents

Friends
121
Amalgamation
280
Acquaintances
327
Estrangement
381
Coleridges Plan for The Recluse
427
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
433
INDEX
457
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About the author (2007)

Adam Sisman is the author of A.J.P. Taylor: A Biography and BoswellÂ's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

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