"Fascinating...This magnificent life deserves to be read by the general reader as well as the scholar. The Wordsworth it gives us is no longer "hidden", but largely, I believe, the real one" (Lachlan Mackinnon Independent)
"The most important contribution to English literary biography this year" (Paul Johnson Sunday Telegraph)
"A terrific new biography...it recaptures the light in Wordsworth's eyes and puts the spring back in his stride" (Blake Morrison Independent on Sunday)
"Careful and provocative... The Hidden Wordsworth has pace, commands respect and draws in the reader" (Melvyn Bragg Observer)
"A very impressive biography...utterly engrossing" (Andrew Motion Guardian)
The lives of the Romantic poets have been examined mainly through the evidence they have left behind: letters, journals, diaries, and their own self-revealing poems and essays. In the case of William Wordsworth, that evidence is massive, but it often obscures the real person behind the writings.
In this fascinating account, Kenneth R. Johnston portrays a Wordsworth different in crucial ways from the one that the poet intended us to know. Taking advantage of unprecedented access to archives, family papers and intimate letters, he reveals, for example, the poet's complex relationship with his sister Dorothy; the true story of his affair with Annette Vallon during his year in France in 1791-92, the impact of her frank eroticism on his poetry, and his clandestine trip back to her at the beginning of the Reign of Terror; and, perhaps most intriguing of all, Wordsworth's surprisingly close connections to the political establishment of his day, including members of the newly formed British Secret Service in London and Germany.
This brilliantly insightful biography breaks through the carefully crafted but frequently misleading accounts of his youth that Wordsworth created in his conservative later years. The Hidden Wordsworth reveals the radical young poet whose fiery intellect revolutionized English poetry.
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Descripción Pimlico., 2000. A softback publication of 690 pages with notes and bibliography and illustrated with b / w. plates. This copy is very nearly fine. Nº de ref. de la librería 2027
Descripción Pimlico, London, 2000. Trade Paperback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. First Trade Paperback. xxix, 690pp, index, bibliography, notes, bw ills. Or card covers. Minor edge wear to covers, some light toning to page egdes and margins. Portrays a Wordsworth different in essential ways from the one the poet intended us to know. Excellent biography taking advantage of unprecedented access to archives, family papers, and intimate letters. Size: 8vo. Nº de ref. de la librería 012758
Descripción Pimlico (An imprint of Random House Group), London, 2000. Hardback. Estado de conservación: Fine. Other. Octavo (20-25 cm high). A Reprint of 'The Hidden Wordsworth' by Kenneth R. Johnston in Fine condition published by Pimlico (An imprint of Random House Group) in 2000. [Edition identified by: Publisher's stated imprint information] Fine:: A sound book with clean covers and pages. Nº de ref. de la librería 2282