William Wordsworth

A Literary Life

  • John Williams

Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Williams
    Pages 1-19
  3. John Williams
    Pages 20-37
  4. John Williams
    Pages 38-68
  5. John Williams
    Pages 69-97
  6. John Williams
    Pages 98-122
  7. John Williams
    Pages 123-150
  8. John Williams
    Pages 151-171
  9. John Williams
    Pages 172-181
  10. John Williams
    Pages 182-193
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 194-208

About this book


In William Wordsworth, John Williams provides a detailed account of Wordsworth's evolution as a poet. This includes his earliest known writing while a pupil at Hawkshead Grammar School, and his later poetry, often virtually ignored by critics. Wordsworth's ambivalent attitude towards seeking out a public readership beyond his immediate circle of friends and admirers is a central concern of the book. This involves an assessment of the poet's shifting sense of his political allegiances alongside the pressures of personal relationships and circumstances.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GreenwichUK

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