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Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop

Jonathan Ellis


This is the first book to look at poets’ letters as an art form. Fifteen enlightening chapters by leading international biographers, critics and poets examine letter writing among poets in the last 200 years. Poets discussed include Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats and Shelley in the nineteenth century and Eliot, Yeats, Bishop and Larkin in the twentieth. Divided into three sections—Contexts and Issues, Romantic and Victorian Letter Writing and Twentieth-Century Letter Writing—the volume demonstrates that real letters still have an allure that virtual post struggles to replicate.

Keywords: biography, correspondence, epistolary, letters, letter writing, poets’ letters, poetry, Romantic literature, twentieth-century literature, Victorian literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748681327
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Ellis, editor
University of Sheffield

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