William and Dorothy Wordsworth: 'All in Each Other'


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.44 X 9.48 X 1.09 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Lucy Newlyn was born in Uganda, grew up in Leeds, and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is now Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. She has published widely on English Romantic Literature, including three books with OxfordUniversity Press, and The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge. Her book Reading Writing and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception won the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay prize in 2001. More recently she has been working on the prose writings of Edward Thomas. Together with Guy Cuthbertson sheedited Branch-Lines: Edward Thomas and Contemporary Poetry, as well as England and Wales, a volume in the ongoing OUP edition of Thomas's prose. Married with a daughter and two step-children, Lucy Newlyn lives in Oxford. Ginnel, her first collection of poetry, was published in 2005: she is currentlyworking on her second.


"[I]t is beautifully written and contains everything an enthusiast of either or both Wordsworths would wish to know about their lives and work; beginners and more advanced readers alike will prosper by it. Would that it had been available to me when I first began to read Wordsworth." -- Duncan Wu, Literary Review

"Newlyn provides an illuminating and extensively researched study of the relationship of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and his sister Dorothy (1771-1855). The impressive list of primary materials Newlyn culled from includes Dorothy's journals, William's memoirs and classic works, and letters between the siblings. One of the book's most admirable elements is how Newlyn gives equal weight to her subjects' writings...This unparalleled examination of the Wordsworth siblings makes this title an essential addition to English literature collections." --Library Journal

"Best known today for her lyrical journals recording travels with her brother, Dorothy was central to William's creative process, to the extent that William called her "one of the two Beings to whom my intellect is most indebted"....Newlyn offers a valuable corrective to existing Wordsworth criticism and a moving testimonial to the power of creativity and community." --Publishers Weekly