By Valerie Purton
This chronological account of the lifetime of Samuel Taylor Coleridge is outfitted up from modern records, together with the letters and journals of the author and of his friends and family. Maps, a genealogy and an index are incorporated besides over 50 biographical sketches of the Coleridge circle. The growth of the writer's schooling, analyzing, friendships and highbrow pursuits is punctiliously adumbrated and the booklet presents 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 through Brothers: A examine of George Clayton Tennyson and Charles Tennyson D'Eyncout", and released articles in "A.R.I.E.L. and Prose stories" and "The Dictionary of British ladies Writers".
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Mrs C's mother is ill in his house already. 5 STC decides to close down the Watchman. 'O Watch Man! thou hast watched in vain', he says to Poole, quoting Ezekiel. He is £80 in debt and the periodical's moderate position is unpopular in the face of patriotic reaction to the war with France. In the letter to Poole he says that he is learning German and talks of getting a commission from Robinson 'the great London Bookseller' to stay at the University where Schiller lives, to study chemistry and anatomy.
23? In Derby he meets the painter Joseph Wright and the philosopher Erasmus Darwin. Argues fiercely with the latter about Revealed Religion: feels that Dr Darwin's objections are old and inadequate and not based on a fair weighing-up of the evidence. 25 In Nottingham he attends a public dinner in honour of Charles James Fox. February 2 (Tues) STC reaches Sheffield. He is worried about the health of Mrs C, who is pregnant. 5 Reaches Manchester. 8? Reaches Lichfield. Hears of Sara's illness. She fears a miscarriage and has moved back to her mother's house in Redcliffe.
He walks along the coast near Bridgwater and writes a love poem to Sara, 'Lines written at Shurton Bars'. October 4 (Sun) STC and Sara Fricker are married at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, Thomas Chatterton's church. No member of the Coleridge family is present. They have a six-week honeymoon at a cottage in Church Street, Clevedon. 7 Cottle rides to pay his respects to the Coleridges and to bring a long list of domestic items STC has requested from him. 1796 21 During this time STC is working on Religious Musings (at first called Nativity).