- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199536872
- ISBN-13: 978-0199536870
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Pamela Woof, Lecturer in Literature, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Dorothy opens the window to a domesticated William Wordsworth, the Poet, at work in the acts of creation. Sunday Morning [14th of March 1802] reads, "...while we were at Breakfast that is (for I had breakfasted) he, with his Basin of Broth before him untouched and a little plate of Bread and butter he wrote the Poem to a Butterfly! He ate not a morsel, nor put on his stockings but sate with his shirt neck unbuttoned, and his waistcoat open while he did it."
Many literary critics have chosen to see Dorothy Wordsworth as a shadow of her brother, these readers say that Dorothy does not pocess a coherent self and they fault the patriarchal powers for her lack of an active self. I see Dorothy Wordsworth as a delicate, compassionate and kind person with "A Passion for the Particular."* She is, I feel, well aware of her self as a self, and also well aware of other selves as themselves. Her journal is littered with what she does achieves in her daily life.
This journal is a fantastic bedtime read. Her unique and careful narrative style, her emphasis and focus on truthful detail, all these make reading the journal a real pleasure. I only wish I discovered her earlier.
* This phrase is taken from the title of Elizabeth Gunn's book on Dorothy Wordsworth.
There have been several good editions of the Grasmere and Alfoxden journals: the current paperback from Oxford is good. If you want to go whole hog for Dorothy, search out Ernest de Selincourt's two-volume complete edition (Macmillan, 1941)--not in print but not that hard to find. There's a good selection of her letters, edited by Alan G. Hill, from Oxford. The biography by Robert Gittings and Jo Manton (DOROTHY WORDSWORTH, Oxford) is out of print but available cheaply secondhand. Still the wisest and most readable selection of Wordsworth's poems is the SELECTED POETRY edited by Mark Van Doren for Modern Library in 1950.
Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes at www.bookbarnniantic.com
But this book is not about Wordsworth, as I had hoped, after realising that he was the one figure in my literary pantheon about whom I'd never read a full biography; neither is it about his poetry. It is rather a boring set of journal entries by his sister, Dorothy. Well, that's half the book. The other half consists of Ms. Woof's tedious notes upon these tedious entries, making such things as the location of the Wordsworth privy in relation to Dove Cottage (The Wordsworth House) eminently clear to the reader. Now, should I ever visit the Lake District again via the "Lake District Roundabout" - things have changed a bit in 200 years, I shall know exactly where Wordsworth and sister micturated and defecated - but precious little else.
For pedants only, I should think, for those who can say with a sneer rather than with a sigh:
"Where is it now, the glory and the dream?"