A Coleridge Chronology (Author Chronologies Series) by Valerie Purton

By Valerie Purton

A close chronological account of the lifetime of Samuel Taylor Coleridge outfitted up from modern files together with the letters and journals of the author and of his friends and family. Maps, a genealogy and an in depth index increase the textual content and there are over fifty biographical sketches of the Coleridge circle. The development of the writer's schooling, interpreting, friendships and highbrow pursuits is thoroughly adumbrated and the booklet presents a wealthy history to the genesis of the literary paintings.

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27 STC writes warmly to Southey, thanking him for sending a copy of his poems. ) 31 'Ode on the Departing Year' published in the Cambridge Intelligencer. At the end of the month, STC, Sara and Hartley move to Nether Stowey. 1797 January STC settles down to rural life, gardening and keeping livestock. Mrs C enjoys the company of Thomas Poole and his mother (the cottage is just behind his house and STC makes frequent use of his library). The Coleridges also make friends with John Cruikshank and his wife and baby daughter, who live nearby.

But when, two hours after, I saw it at the bosom of its Mother . . then I was thrilled and melted, and gave it the kiss of a Father' [see 1 November 1796]. 22 In London, Mary Lamb stabs and kills her mother in a fit of insanity. 28 STC writes lovingly to Charles Lamb. ] (end) RS takes the first step towards reconciliation by writing to STC. October The birth of Hartley seems to have prompted STC to reject the teaching scheme in Derbyshire and a prospect of preaching in Birmingham. Instead, he now plans to find a cottage in Nether Stowey, to be near Tom Poole, and to bring up his children 'from their earliest infancy in the simplicity of peasants, their food, dress and habits completely rustic'.

The Coleridges also make friends with John Cruikshank and his wife and baby daughter, who live nearby. He preaches at 1797 27 Unitarian chapels in Bridgwater and Taunton, but otherwise does not leave home. February (early) STC is commissioned by R. B. Sheridan to write a verse tragedy to be published at Drury Lane. ] 6 (Mon) STC writes the first of a series of autobiographical letters to Poole, which he 'posts' through the orchard gate dividing the two houses. These are to become the 'Biographical Supplement' to the Biographia Literaria.

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