Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Last Christmas delivery dates
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 19th December 2nd Class | 20th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner: Coleridge and his Children (Hardback)
  • Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner: Coleridge and his Children (Hardback)
zoom

Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner: Coleridge and his Children (Hardback)

(author)
£28.25
Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 28/11/2013
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A fascinating new study of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner' illuminates the poet's deeply troubled personality and stormy personal life through a highly original study of his relationships. In her last published work the celebrated Coleridgean, Molly Lefebure, provides profound psychological insights into Coleridge through a meticulous study of his domestic life, drawing upon a vast and unique body of knowledge gained from a lifetime's study of the poet, and making skilful use of the letters, poems and biographies of the man himself and his family and friends. The author traces the roots of Coleridge's unarguably dysfunctional personality from his earliest childhood; his position as his mother's favoured child, the loss of this status with the death of his father, and removal to the 'Bluecoat' school in London. Coleridge's narcissistic depression, flamboyance, and cold-hearted, often cruel, rejection of his family and of loving attachments in general are examined in close detail. The author also explores Coleridge's careers in journalism and politics as well as poetry, in his early, heady 'jacobin' days, and later at the heart of the British wartime establishment at Malta. In both of these arenas Coleridge exerted his talents to brilliant effect, although they have often been overlooked in appraisals of his works. His virtual abandonment of his children and tragic disintegration under the influence of opium are included in the broad sweep of the book which also encompasses an examination of the lives of Coleridge's children, upon whom the manipulations of the father left their destructive mark. Molly Lefebure unravels the enigma that is Coleridge with consummate skill in a book which will bring huge enjoyment to any reader with an interest in the poet's life and times.

Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
ISBN: 9780718893002
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'There are few biographers who can claim such a long, intense engagement with their subjects as Lefebure. If she sometimes writes as though convinced she has cleared up all the complex mysteries of Coleridge's character [...] perhaps it's because she lived with him, metaphorically speaking, longer than his children, his wife, or any of his other biographers ever did.' Evelyn Toynton, Prospect, December 2013

You may also be interested in...

The Making of Poetry
Added to basket
£25.00   £22.00
Hardback
Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Will
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
I Feel Bad About My Neck
Added to basket
The Cost of Living
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
William Blake Now
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback
Pravda Ha Ha
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Boy
Added to basket
Boy
£6.99
Paperback
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Bell Jar
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Genius and Anxiety
Added to basket
Down and Out in Paris and London
Added to basket
Somewhere Becoming Rain
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Hardback
Jane Austen at Home
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Year of Magical Thinking
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.