The Cambridge companion to Coleridge /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Newlyn, Lucy.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, England ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

This volume announces itself as doing "full justice to the many facets of Coleridge's life, thought and writing." Neither this nor any other such collection comes close to fulfilling such a claim, or is ever likely to. Coleridge's deeply troubled life and reputation remain embroiled in controversies that show no sign of resolution. The present collection, well introduced by Newlyn (Oxford Univ.), attempts to deal comprehensively with this protean figure, inevitably with mixed success. James Engell on the Biographia Literaria and J.C.C. Mays on "the later poetry" are learned, lucid, and absorbing. Tim Fulford's "Slavery and Superstition in the Supernatural Poems" contains such trendy absurd statements as "Ostensibly apolitical, 'Christabel' was in fact one of the era's most profound investigations of the social and sexual relations on which the state was based." Although several of these 15 essays will interest only specialists, the collection as a whole contains many fresh perspectives and can be read with profit by graduate students majoring in Romantic studies. The volume includes a 16-page "Guide to Further Reading." Oddly, Coleridge's scientific writings are ignored entirely. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections only. N. Fruman emeritus, University of Minnesota

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