The Resource The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, Frances Wilson

The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, Frances Wilson

Label
The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth
Title
The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth
Statement of responsibility
Frances Wilson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Often presented as a self-effacing virgin or sacrificial saint, Dorothy Wordsworth was in truth a talented writer and an exceptional woman. Dorothy was Wordsworth's aide, his most valued reader and his inspiration. Described by Thomas de Quincey as the 'very wildest ... person I have ever known', she traded in all prospects of marriage and comfort to share in Wordsworth's bohemian world of words. Happily accepting a hand-to-mouth existence, for a time she enjoyed with him a life of intense and uncharted freedom." "In her journals, Dorothy kept a record of their idyllic years together. The tale that unfolds through her brief, lyrical writings reveals a strange, intangible love between brother and sister, culminating in Dorothy's dramatic collapse on the very day of William's wedding. In what sense, if any, was theirs an incestuous affair?" "In this biography, Frances Wilson brings Dorothy to life in all her complexity. She uncovers the rich emotional life of the woman who inspired the best poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge: a woman who spent a life in thrall to her brother, suffered the jealousies of a discarded mistress - and eventually descended into madness."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
SALS
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1964-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wilson, Frances
Dewey number
821.7
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wordsworth, Dorothy
  • Wordsworth, William
  • Women and literature
Label
The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, Frances Wilson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction. Crossing the Threshold -- 1. For Richer for Poorer: Longing -- 2. To Have and to Hold: Home -- 3. In Sickness and in Health: Headaches -- 4. To Forsake All Others: Incest -- 5. To Honour and Obey: Nature -- 6. For Better for Worse: Honeymoon -- 7. Until Death Do Us Part -- Note on the Publication History of the Grasmere Journal
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
286 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780571230471
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), 1 map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780571230471
Label
The ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, Frances Wilson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction. Crossing the Threshold -- 1. For Richer for Poorer: Longing -- 2. To Have and to Hold: Home -- 3. In Sickness and in Health: Headaches -- 4. To Forsake All Others: Incest -- 5. To Honour and Obey: Nature -- 6. For Better for Worse: Honeymoon -- 7. Until Death Do Us Part -- Note on the Publication History of the Grasmere Journal
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
286 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780571230471
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), 1 map
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780571230471

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