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Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1.   By: (1772-1834)

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1 delves into the life of the renowned poet and philosopher, offering readers a glimpse into his personal experiences and literary journey. This beautifully crafted collection of letters presents an intimate portrayal of Coleridge's thoughts, aspirations, and struggles, providing invaluable insights into his creative process and the development of his philosophical ideas.

The book offers a chronological arrangement of Coleridge's letters, spanning from his early years as a student to his later achievements as a prominent literary figure. By reading these carefully curated correspondences, we gain a comprehensive understanding of the poet's intellectual growth and the various influences that shaped his thinking.

One of the most captivating aspects of Biographia Epistolaris is the sheer range of topics that Coleridge engages with in his letters. From discussions on poetry, literature, and philosophy to personal anecdotes and reflections on his internal struggles, the book offers a rich tapestry of thoughts and ideas. Coleridge's intellectual curiosity and fervent passion for knowledge shine through his every word, leaving the reader with a sense of admiration and awe.

What sets this collection apart is its ability to capture the essence of Coleridge's multifaceted personality. From his eloquent prose to his deep introspection, the letters reveal a man constantly grappling with the complexities of life, love, and the pursuit of truth. Coleridge's vulnerability and open-heartedness are on full display, allowing readers to not only connect with him as a literary figure but also as a fellow human being.

The editor's meticulous annotations and contextual explanations serve as invaluable aids, especially for readers less familiar with the historical and literary nuances of Coleridge's time. These additions help to enhance the overall reading experience, shedding light on the social, political, and cultural contexts that influenced Coleridge's writing.

While Biographia Epistolaris may not be for casual readers seeking a light-hearted escape, it is a treasure trove for those interested in exploring the mind of a literary genius. By providing an intimate glimpse into Coleridge's inner world, this collection offers a deeper appreciation of his lasting contributions to poetry, philosophy, and intellectual discourse.

In conclusion, Biographia Epistolaris, Volume 1 is a captivating collection of letters that shines a spotlight on the life and mind of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Blending elements of biography, literary analysis, and historical context, this book is a must-read for anyone fascinated by the works and ideas of one of the most influential figures in English literature.

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Jonathan Ingram, Clytie Siddall and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's


comprising 33 letters

and being

the Biographical Supplement of Coleridge's BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA

with additional letters etc., edited by


Vol. 1.

"On the whole this was surely the mightiest genius since Milton. In poetry there is not his like, when he rose to his full power; he was a philosopher, the immensity of whose mind cannot be gauged by anything he has left behind; a critic, the subtlest and most profound of his time. Yet these vast and varied powers flowed away in the shifting sands of talk; and what remains is but what the few land locked pools are to the receding ocean which has left them casually behind without sensible diminution of its waters."

Academy, 3d October, 1903.


The work known as the Biographical Supplement of the Biographia Literaria of S. T. Coleridge, and published with the latter in 1847, was begun by Henry Nelson Coleridge, and finished after his death by his widow, Sara Coleridge. The first part, concluding with a letter dated 5th November 1796, is the more valuable portion of the Biographical Supplement. What follows, written by Sara Coleridge, is more controversial than biographical and does not continue, like the first part, to make Coleridge tell his own life by inserting letters in the narrative... Continue reading book >>

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