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Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 Paperback – March 23, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
The result is an outstanding example of conventional literary biography, but one that is insensitive to growth, imagination, and mind in the act of making the mind -- or why Coleridge was passionate about them. Those interested in these must seek elsewhere, but this volume remains a good place to learn the facts of Coleridge's life, despite its dry prose.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge did write The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and he was an opium addict. But, as Richard Holmes makes abundantly clear, there was much more to the man.
He was an extraordinary man, perhaps the most visionary of the English romantic poets. If that were not enough to warrant attention, he was also a political activist, a journalist and translator, a Unitarian preacher, lecturer, philosopher and energetic walker. My own interest in Coleridge was rekindled when I discovered he was among the founders of Pantisocracy, the movement that brought the Unitarian rationalist and scientist Dr. Joseph Priestley to my home area.
This volume, which takes Coleridge up to the age of 31, covers in depth these aspects of his career as well as giving analyses of some of his better known poetry. Holmes does not gloss over the man's failings. He discusses his addiction, the charges of plagiarism, mystic humbug and less than admirable treatment of his wife.
Anyone interested in the man and the period will find this book worth the read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb, well kindlized, very important because of Holmes' detailed starred comments.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, well written biography that provides the reader with a penetrating understanding of the many, and varied, factors that made Coleridge the person he was.Published 4 months ago by Ronzo
An exceptional author writing about one of the world's most gifted poets. What a combination! Unfortunately the fascinating revelations regarding Wordworth's character defects have... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by D. M. CHALMERS
In the first of his two volume biography of Coleridge, Richard Holmes presents an unforgettable portrait of his subject. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by Kevin M. Derby
Somehow Holmes produces scholarly biographies that make compulsive reading. He never fictionalizes or puts thoughts in his subjects' heads that he has no authority for - and yet he... Read morePublished on December 12, 1999 by D. P. Birkett