Early Years

  • John Williams
Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)


With the death of John Wordsworth in 1783, the five Wordsworth children became the responsibility of their maternal uncle, Christopher Cookson. Their financial dependence on Cookson was absolute, and would remain so until the boys were in a position to make their own way in the world. Unlike his brothers, who seem to have accepted their fate without undue resentment, the pattern of William Wordsworth’s early life became increasingly defined by his attempts to break free from the control that his uncle exercised over the direction of his life.


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  1. 9.
    T. W. Thompson, op. cit., pp. 323–33. Mary Moorman, William Wordsworth: A Biography, two vols (London, 1957), vol. 1, pp. 28–9.Google Scholar

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© John Williams 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Williams
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  1. 1.University of GreenwichUK

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