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Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape

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Editorial Board:

  • Penelope Bradshaw, University of Cumbria
  • Jeff Cowton, The Wordsworth Trust
  • Jared Curtis, Simon Fraser University
  • Michael Eberle-Sinatra, University of Montréal
  • Stephen Gill, University of Oxford
  • Iain McCalman, University of Sydney
  • Judith W. Page, University of Florida

Source Library:

The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, UK

Contents:

Dove Cottage Literary Manuscripts, including verse manuscripts by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Hartley Coleridge; Mary Wordsworth’s Memorandum and Journal of a Tour on the Continent; Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere diaries and her journals including Recollections of a Tour in Scotland.

Wordsworth Literary Manuscripts, including verse manuscripts and letters by William Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Coleridge, William Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, Robert Jones, Charles and Mary Lamb, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Southey.

Wordsworth Letter Albums. Correspondents include William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, John Wordsworth, Christopher Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sara Hutchinson, Edward Quillinan, Robert Southey, Charles Lamb and Benjamin Robert Haydon.

Thomas de Quincey manuscripts including Confessions of an Opium Eater.

Selections from the Hutchinson family correspondence, 1768-1903.

Selected annotated pages from printed books.

Landscape paintings and drawings of the Lake District by such artists as Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, Joseph Wilkinson and John Constable.

Letters, financial papers, scrapbooks, autograph books, notebooks and diaries.

Nature of the Material:

The bulk of the material is comprised of William Wordsworth’s original verse manuscripts, working notebooks and some printed, annotated, editions. Other types of material include scrapbooks, autograph books, letters, diaries, travel journals, financial records and receipts, and verse manuscripts by other Romantic writers including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas de Quincey. All of the items have detailed metadata.

Scope of the Collection:

The Wordsworth Trust is recognized as the leading archival collection of Wordsworth manuscripts anywhere in the world. This digital resource offers unique access to these rare and priceless literary sources that are indispensible for scholars and students studying William Wordsworth and the Romantic period. The collection offers an insight into the working methods of the poet and the wider social, political and natural environment that shaped much of his work. In addition, this collection makes available the writings of Dorothy Wordsworth through her much celebrated Grasmere Journals, Alfoxden diary and travel journals. Verse manuscripts and correspondence from leading literary lights of the Romantic period such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey are also available as well as a strong collection of Thomas de Quincey manuscripts.

This collection also provides a treasure trove of material for scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with an interest in women’s writing, providing a substantial amount of correspondence by Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, Dora Wordsworth and Sara Hutchinson, to name but a few.

Themes covered in this collection include:

  • The Age of Revolutions
  • Social and Political Idealism
  • The Power of the Imagination
  • Observations of Human Nature and Society
  • The Discovery of Nature
  • The Sublime

Researchers and students can trace the interactions of key literary and political figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth century through the mass of personal correspondence included in this resource. Through such correspondence, one can witness the close circles in which contemporary authors and artists moved and how they influenced each other’s work.

For scholars and students of William Wordsworth and his contemporaries, and of the Romantic period in general, this is an unrivalled resource that offers access to the manuscripts of such celebrated works as Wordsworth’s The Prelude, Coleridge’s Dejection and de Quincey’s Confessions of an Opium Eater.