Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 September 1990

552 Pages | photos

5 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780192827470

Bookseller Code (06)

William Wordsworth

A Life

Stephen Gill

Oxford Lives

Based on an intimate knowledge of the poet's manuscripts, on a fresh assessment of contemporary records, and a careful analysis of a wealth of new research, this vividly written volume presents the first serious biography of Wordsworth to appear in over twenty-five years. Stephen Gill, a leading authority on Wordsworth, reveals that, in many ways, this giant of English literature led a heroic life. Despite critical condemnation, numbing blows from the death of friends and family, including three of his own children, and his inability to earn a living as a writer in his early years, his dedication to his art did not waver. Offering unparalleled insight into Wordworth's poetic achievement, Gill illuminates what was most essential to Wordsworth himself: his life as a writer.