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Paperback 720 Pages / Published: 07/09/2000
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The lives of the Romantic poets have been examined mainly through the evidence they have left behind: letters, journals, diaries, and their own self-revealing poems and essays. In the case of William Wordsworth, that evidence is massive, but it often obscures the real person behind the writings. In this fascinating account, Kenneth R. Johnston portrays a Wordsworth different in crucial ways from the one that the poet intended us to know. Taking advantage of unprecedented access to archives, family papers and intimate letters, he reveals, for example, the poet's complex relationship with his sister Dorothy; the true story of his affair with Annette Vallon during his year in France in 1791-92, the impact of her frank eroticism on his poetry, and his clandestine trip back to her at the beginning of the Reign of Terror; and, perhaps most intriguing of all, Wordsworth's surprisingly close connections to the political establishment of his day, including members of the newly formed British Secret Service in London and Germany. This brilliantly insightful biography breaks through the carefully crafted but frequently misleading accounts of his youth that Wordsworth created in his conservative later years. The Hidden Wordsworth reveals the radical young poet whose fiery intellect revolutionized English poetry.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780712667524
Number of pages: 720
Weight: 830 g
Dimensions: 233 x 152 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Fascinating...This magnificent life deserves to be read by the general reader as well as the scholar. The Wordsworth it gives us is no longer "hidden", but largely, I believe, the real one" -- Lachlan Mackinnon * Independent *
"The most important contribution to English literary biography this year" -- Paul Johnson * Sunday Telegraph *
"A terrific new biography...it recaptures the light in Wordsworth's eyes and puts the spring back in his stride" -- Blake Morrison * Independent on Sunday *
"Careful and provocative...The Hidden Wordsworth has pace, commands respect and draws in the reader" -- Melvyn Bragg * Observer *
"A very impressive biography...utterly engrossing" -- Andrew Motion * Guardian *

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