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Letter Writing Among PoetsFrom William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop$
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Jonathan Ellis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681327

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.001.0001

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Wordsworth’s Sweating Pages: The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth

Wordsworth’s Sweating Pages: The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth

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(p.81) 5 Wordsworth’s Sweating Pages: The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth
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Letter Writing Among Poets
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Frances Wilson

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.003.0005

In 1977, an exchange of thirty-one letters between William and Mary Wordsworth, written in 1810, was discovered by a stamp dealer in Carlisle. Their subject is what Wordsworth describes as ‘the lively gushing thought employing spirit stirring passion of love’ between husband and wife. This chapter explores how the discovery of these letters has changed our understanding the domestic life of Wordsworth, a man described by Coleridge as ‘by nature incapable of love.’

Keywords:   biography, love letters, private correspondence, Romantic poetry, Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wordsworth, William Wordsworth

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