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Published: 01 December 2018

272 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786941206

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William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism

A Contextual Study and Annotated Edition of 'The Hurricane'

Paul Cheshire

Liverpool University Press

Romantic Reconfigurations Studies in Literature and Culture 1780 1850

  • The first modern edition and comprehensive study of William Gilbert and The Hurricane
  • Brings to bear new material - Gilbert's writings on magic and astrology and biographical information - unknown in 1990 when Jonathan Wordsworth introduced the Woodstock facsimile edition of the poem
  • A close study of Gilbert and the lesser-known members of the Bristol Romantic circle who gathered around the publisher Joseph Cottle, the milieu which enabled Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey to develop as poets
  • Chapters on Gilbert's close interaction with Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey bring a new perspective on their shared interest in unmediated religious experience and states of mind beyond the rational, and their fear of the close relationship between genius, divine possession and madness
  • Concludes with a survey of the Western esoteric tradition in the eighteenth century, in order to locate within that tradition the Romantics' 1790s embrace of spiritual experience through nature, and Coleridge's continuing esoteric studies