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William Wordsworth's poetry responded to the enormous literary, political, cultural, technological and social changes that the poet lived through during his lifetime (1770‒1850), and to his own transformation from young radical inspired by the French Revolution to Poet Laureate and supporter of the establishment. The poet of the 'egotistical sublime' who wrote the pioneering autobiographical masterpiece, The Prelude, and whose work is remarkable for its investigation of personal impressions, memories and experiences, is also the poet who is critically engaged with the cultural and political developments of his era. William Wordsworth in Context presents thirty-five concise chapters on contexts crucial for an understanding and appreciation of this leading Romantic poet. It focuses on his life, circle, and composition; on his reception and influence; on the significance of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century literary contexts; and on the historical, political, scientific and philosophical issues that helped to shape Wordsworth's poetry and prose.

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Further reading

Biography

Bennett, Andrew. Wordsworth Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Gill, Stephen. William Wordsworth: A Life. Oxford University Press, 1989.
Gill, Stephen, ed. The Cambridge Companion to William Wordsworth. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Gill, Stephen, William Wordsworth’s ‘The Prelude’: A Casebook. Oxford University Press, 2006.
Gravil, Richard. Wordsworth’s Bardic Vocation, 1878–1842. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Johnston, Kenneth R.Wordsworth and ‘The Recluse’. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.
Moorman, Mary. William Wordsworth: A Biography. 2 vols. Oxford University Press, 1957, 1965.
Newlyn, Lucy. William and Dorothy Wordsworth: All in Each Other. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Rehder, Robert. Wordsworth and the Beginnings of Modern Poetry. London: Croom Helm, 1981.
Roe, Nicholas. Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

The Wordsworth circle

Bate, Jonathan. Romantic Ecology. London: Routledge, 1991.
Gittings, Robert and Jo Manton. Dorothy Wordsworth. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985.
Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804–1834. New York: Pantheon, 1999.
Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Early Visions. New York: Viking, 1990.
Lefebure, Molly. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Bondage of Opium. London: Victor Gollancz, 1974.
Levin, Susan M.Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism. Revised edn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.
McKusick, James. Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Moorman, Mary. William Wordsworth: A Biography. 2 vols. Oxford University Press, 1957, 1965.
Rzepka, Charles J.Sacramental Commodities: Gift, Text, and the Sublime in De Quincey. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995.
Woof, Pamela. Dorothy Wordsworth: Wonders of the Everyday. Grasmere: Wordsworth Trust, 2013.

Dorothy Wordsworth

Alexander, Meena. Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley. Savage, MD: Barnes & Noble, 1989.
Bellanca, Mary Ellen. ‘After-Life-Writing: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals in the Memoirs of William Wordsworth’, European Romantic Review 25 (2014), 201–18.
Cervelli, Kenneth. Dorothy Wordsworth’s Ecology. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Fay, Elizabeth A.Becoming Wordsworthian: A Performative Aesthetic. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995.
Gittings, Robert and Jo Manton. Dorothy Wordsworth. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985.
Healey, Nicola. Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge: The Poetics of Relationship. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Homans, Margaret. Women Writers and Poetic Identity: Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Bronte and Emily Dickinson. Princeton University Press, 1980.
Levin, Susan M.Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism. Revised edn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.
Levy, Michelle. Family Authorship and Romantic Print Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Mellor, Anne K.Romanticism and Gender. New York: Routledge, 1993.
Newlyn, Lucy. William and Dorothy Wordsworth: ‘All in Each Other’. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Page, Judith W.Gender and Domesticity’. In Stephen Gill, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Page, Judith W.Neatly-Penned Memorials: Dora Wordsworth’s Journal of 1828 and the Community of Authorship’, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 17 (summer 2002), 65–80.
Page, Judith W.Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
Page, Judith W. and Elise L. Smith. Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England’s Disciples of Flora, 1780–1870. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Ross, Marlon B.The Contours of Masculine Desire: Romanticism and the Rise of Women’s Poetry. Oxford University Press, 1989.
Vlasopolos, Anca. ‘Texted Selves: Dorothy and William Wordsworth in the Grasmere Journals’, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 14 (summer 1999), 118–36.

Composition and revision

Bennett, Andrew. Wordsworth Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Brinkley, Robert. ‘The Leech-Gatherer Revisited’, Wordsworth Circle 16 (1985), 98–105.
Brinkley, Robert and Keith Hanley, eds. Romantic Revisions. Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Bushell, Sally. Text as Process: Creative Composition in Wordsworth, Tennyson and Dickinson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.
Carney, Raymond. ‘Making the Most of a Mess’, Georgia Review 35 (1981), 631–42.
Kelley, Teresa M.Wordsworth’s Revisionary Aesthetics. Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Leader, Zachary. Revision and Romantic Authority. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Siskin, Clifford R.Revision Romanticised: A Study in Literary Change’, Romanticism Past and Present 7 (1983), 1–16.
Stillinger, Jack. ‘Textual Primitivism and the Editing of Wordsworth’, Studies in Romanticism 28 (1989), 3–28.
Wolfson, Susan. ‘The Illusion of Mastery: Wordsworth’s Revisions of “The Drowned Man of Esthwaite”’, PMLA 99 (1984), 917–35.

Prose

Bromwich, David. ‘Romantic Nationalism and the Convention of Cintra’, Studies in Romanticism 49 (2010), 601–10.
Carlson, Julia Sandstrom. ‘Prose Mesurée in the Lakes Tour and Guide: Quoting and Recalibrating English Blank Verse’, European Romantic Review 20 (2009), 227–36.
Clancey, Richard W.Wordsworth’s Cintra Tract: Politics, the Classics, and the Duty of the Poet’. In Don Bialostosky and Lawrence D. Needham, eds., Rhetorical Traditions and British Romantic Literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
Duggett, Tom. ‘Wordsworth’s Gothic Politics and the Convention of Cintra’, Review of English Studies 58 (234) (2007), 186–211.
Langbaum, Robert. ‘Wordsworth and the Prose Tradition in Poetry’, Wordsworth Circle 27 (1996), 48–51.
Milnes, Tim. Knowledge and Indifference in English Romantic Prose. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Owen, W. J. B.Prose’, Wordsworth Circle 28 (1997), 34–41.
Owen, W. J. B.Wordsworth as Critic. University of Toronto Press, 1969.
Sharp, Michele Turner. ‘Re-Membering the Real, Dis(re)membering the Dead: Wordsworth’s “Essays upon Epitaphs”’, Studies in Romanticism 34 (1995), 273–92.

The critical reception, 1793–1850

Christie, William. The ‘Edinburgh Review’ in the Literature Culture of Romantic Britain: Mammoth and Megalonyx. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
Gill, Stephen. Wordsworth and the Victorians. Oxford University Press, 2001.
Hayden, John O., ed. The Romantic Reviewers: 1802–1824. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1969.
Hess, Scott. ‘Wordsworth’s “System”, the Critical Reviews, and the Reconstruction of Literary Authority’, European Romantic Review 16 (2005), 471–97.
Mahoney, John L.Wordsworth and the Critics: The Development of a Critical Reputation. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2001.
Reiman, Donald H., ed. The Romantics Reviewed: Contemporary Reviews of British Romantic Writers, Part A (2 vols). New York: Garland, 1972.
Simonsen, Peter. Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Ward, William S.Wordsworth, the “Lake” Poets, and their Contemporary Magazine Critics’, Studies in Philology 42 (1945), 87–113.
Williams, John. William Wordsworth: Critical Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Woof, Robert, ed. William Wordsworth: The Critical Heritage, 1793–1820. London: Routledge, 2001.

English poetry, 1900–1930

Bloom, Harold. Yeats. Oxford University Press, 1970.
Bornstein, George. Poetic Making: The Art of Browning, Yeats and Pound. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988.
Bornstein, George. Transformations of Romanticism in Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens. University of Chicago Press, 1976.
Casagrande, Peter J.Hardy’s Wordsworth: A Record and a Commentary’, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 20 (1977), 210–37.
Davies, Damian Walford and Richard Marggraf Turley, eds. The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2006.
Kirkham, Michael. The Imagination of Edward Thomas. Cambridge University Press, 1986.
O’Neill, Michael. The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900. Oxford University Press, 2007.
O’Neill, Michael. ‘Romantic and Victorian Poetry’. In Jason Harding, ed., T. S. Eliot in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Taylor, Dennis. ‘Hardy and Wordsworth’, Victorian Poetry 24 (1986), 441–54.

Contemporary poetry

Bernstein, Charles. ‘Artifice of Absorption’. In A Poetics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.
Chakrabarty, Dipesh. ‘The Climate of History: Four Theses’, Critical Inquiry 35 (winter 2009), 197–222.
François, Anne-Lise. ‘Unspeakable Weather, or the Rain Romantic Constatives Know’. In Robert S. Kawashima, Gilles Philippe and Thelma Sowley, eds., Phantom Sentences: Essays in Linguistics and Literature Presented to Ann Banfield. Bern: Peter Lang, 2008.
Jarvis, Simon. Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Leask, Nigel. ‘Burns, Wordsworth, and the Politics of Vernacular Poetry’. In Peter de Bolla, Nigel Leask and David Simpson, eds., Land, Nation and Culture, 1740–1840: Thinking the Republic of Taste. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Lee, Young Jean. The Appeal. In Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Other Plays. New York: Theater Communications Group, 2009.
Levinson, Marjorie. ‘Of Being Numerous: Counting and Matching in Wordsworth’s Poetry’, Studies in Romanticism 49 (2010), 633–57.
McEathron, Scott. ‘Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads, and the Problem of Peasant Poetry’, Nineteenth-Century Literature 54 (June 1999), 1–26.
McLane, Maureen N.Romanticism: or, Now’, Modern Philology 105 (2007), 118–56.
Robertson, Lisa. The Weather. British Columbia: New Star, 2001.

Eighteenth-century poetry and poetics

Barrell, John. English Literature in History, 1730–1840: An Equal Wide Survey. London: Hutchinson, 1983.
Brown, Marshall. Preromanticism. Stanford University Press, 1991.
Davie, Donald. Purity of Diction in English Verse. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967.
Fairer, David. ‘Creating a National Poetry: The Tradition of Spenser and Milton’. In John Sitter, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Goodman, Kevis. Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Griffin, Robert J.Wordsworth’s Pope: A Study in Literary Historiography. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Hartman, Geoffrey. ‘Romantic Poetry and the Genius Loci’. In Beyond Formalism: Literary Essays, 1958–1970. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1970.
Kramnick, Jonathan Brody. Making the English Canon: Print Capitalism and the Cultural Past. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Patey, Douglas Lane. ‘The Eighteenth Century Invents the Canon’, MLS 18 (1988), 17–37.
Sitter, John. ‘Questions in Poetics: Why and How Poetry Matters’. In John Sitter, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

The ballad tradition

Bialostosky, Don H.Making Tales: The Poetics of Wordsworth’s Narrative Experiments. University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Bold, Alan. The Ballad. London: Methuen, 1979.
Brewster, Paul G.The Influence of the Popular Ballad on Wordsworth’s Poetry’, Studies in Philology 35 (1938), 588–612.
Curran, Stuart. Poetic Form and British Romanticism. Oxford University Press, 1986.
De Bolla, Peter. ‘What is a Lyrical Ballad? Wordsworth’s Experimental Epistemologies’. In Alexander Regier and Stefan H. Uhlig, eds., Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Gerould, Gordon Hall. The Ballad of Tradition. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932.
Hartman, Geoffrey H.Wordsworth’s Poetry, 1787–1814. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1964.
Hoeveler, Diane Long. Gothic Riffs: Secularizing the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780–1820. Colombus: Ohio State University Press, 2010.
Hustvedt, Sigurd Bernhard. Ballad Criticism in Scandinavia and Great Britain during the Eighteenth Century. New York: American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1916.
Laws, G. Malcolm, Jr.The British Literary Ballad: A Study in Poetic Imitation. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1972.
Newman, Steve. Ballad Collection, Lyric, and the Canon: The Call of the Popular from the Restoration to the New Criticism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
O’Donnell, Brennan. The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art. Kent State University Press, 1995.
Primeau, John K.The Influence of Gottfried August Bürger on the “Lyrical Ballads” of William Wordsworth: The Supernatural vs. The Natural’, Germanic Review 58 (3) (1983), 89–96.

The pastoral-georgic tradition

Fairer, David. ‘Pastoral and Georgic’. In English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century, 1700–1789. London: Longman, 2003.
Fairer, David. ‘Returning to the Ruined Cottage’. In Organising Poetry: The Coleridge Circle, 1790–1798. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Graver, Bruce E.Honorable Toil: The Georgic Ethic of “Prelude I”’, Studies in Philology 92 (1995), 346–60.
Graver, Bruce E.Wordsworth’s Georgic Beginnings’, Texas Studies in Literature and Language 33 (1991), 137–59.
Graver, Bruce E.Wordsworth’s Georgic Pastoral: Otium and Labor in “Michael”’, European Romantic Review 1 (1991), 119–32.
Jones, Mark. ‘Double Economics: Ambivalence in Wordsworth’s Pastoral’, PMLA 108 (1993), 1098–113.
Metzger, Lore. ‘Wordsworth’s Pastoral Covenant’, MLQ 37 (1976), 307–23.
Most, Glenn W.Daphnis in Grasmere: Wordsworth’s Romantic Pastoral’. In Mark Griffith and Donald J. Mastronarde, eds., Cabinet of the Muses: Essays on Classical and Comparative Literature in Honor of Thomas G. Rosenmeyer. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1990.
Page, Judith W.“A History / Homely and Rude”: Genre and Style in Wordsworth’s “Michael”’, Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900 29 (1989), 621–36.
Vespa, Jack. ‘Georgic Inquisitiveness, Pastoral Meditation, Romantic Reflexivity: “Nutting” and the Figure of Wordsworth as Poet’, Genre 38 (2005), 1–44.

The popular tradition

Connell, Philip and Nigel Leask, eds. Romanticism and Popular Culture in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Jacobus, Mary. Tradition and Experiment in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads (1798). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976.
Mayo, Robert. ‘The Contemporaneity of the Lyrical Ballads’, PMLA 69 (1954), 486–522.
Newman, Steve. Ballad Collection, Lyric, and the Canon: the Call of the Popular from the Restoration to the New Criticism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
Rowland, Ann. Romanticism and Childhood: The Infantilization of British Literary Culture. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Swann, Karen. “‘Martha’s Name’, or The Scandal of ‘The Thorn’”. In Yopie Prins and Maeera Shreiber, eds., Dwelling in Possibility: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997.

Elegy

Draper, John W.The Funeral Elegy and the Rise of English Romanticism. New York University Press, 1929.
Freud, Sigmund. ‘Mourning and Melancholia’. In The Pelican Freud Library, volume XI, On Metapsychology: The Theory of Psychoanalysis, trans. James Strachey. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1984.
Kennedy, David. Elegy. London: Routledge, 2007.
Potts, Abbie Findlay. Elegiac Mode: Poetic Form in Wordsworth and Other Elegists. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1967.
Sacks, Peter. The English Elegy: Studies in the Genre from Spenser to Yeats. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.
Shaw, W. David. Elegy and Paradox: Testing the Conventions. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

The sonnet

Curran, Stuart. Poetic Form and British Romanticism. Oxford University Press, 1986.
Johnson, Lee M.Wordsworth and the Sonnet. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde & Bagger, 1973.
Kerrigan, John. ‘Wordsworth and the Sonnet: Building, Dwelling, Thinking’, Essays in Criticism 35 (1985), 45–75.
Mazzaro, Jerome. ‘Tapping God’s other Book: Wordsworth at Sonnets’, Studies in Romanticism 33 (1994), 337–54.
Phelan, Joseph. The Nineteenth-Century Sonnet. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Robinson, Daniel. ‘Elegiac Sonnets: Charlotte Smith’s Formal Paradoxy’, Papers on Language and Literature 39 (2003), 185–220.
Robinson, Daniel. ‘“Still Glides the Stream”: Form and Function in Wordsworth’s River Duddon Sonnets’, European Romantic Review 13 (2002), 449–64.

Autobiography

Abrams, M. H.Natural Supernaturalism. New York: W. W. Norton, 1973.
De Man, Paul. ‘Autobiography as De-Facement’. In The Rhetoric of Romanticism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984.
Ellis, David. Wordsworth, Freud, and the Spots of Time: Interpretation in The Prelude. Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Empson, William. ‘Sense in The Prelude’. In The Structure of Complex Words. London: Chatto & Windus, 1951.
Hartman, Geoffrey. Wordsworth’s Poetry: 1787–1814. New edn. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1971.
Gill, Stephen. Wordsworth: The Prelude. Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Gill, Stephen. Wordsworth’s Revisitings. Oxford University Press.
Jacobus, Mary. Romanticism, Writing and Sexual Difference: Essays on The Prelude. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989.
Lindenberger, Herbert. On Wordsworth’s Prelude. Princeton University Press, 1963.
Newlyn, Lucy. ‘“The noble Living and the noble Dead”: Community in The Prelude’. In Stephen Gill, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Onorato, Richard J.The Character of the Poet: Wordsworth in ‘The Prelude’. Princeton University Press, 1971.
Wilner, Joshua. ‘Wordsworth’s Cliff-Hanger’. In Eugene Stelzig, ed., Romantic Autobiography in England. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.
Wordsworth, Jonathan. William Wordsworth: The Borders of Vision. Oxford University Press, 1994.

Epitaphs and inscriptions

Bernhardt-Kabisch, Ernest. ‘Wordsworth: The Monumental Poet’, Philological Quarterly 44 (1965), 503–18.
Brigham, Linda. ‘Beautiful Conceptions and Tourist Kitsch: Wordsworth’s “Written with a Slate Pencil …”’, Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001), 199–214.
Clymer, Lorna. ‘Graved in Tropes: The Figural Logic of Epitaphs and Elegies in Blair, Gray, Cowper, and Wordsworth’, ELH 62 (1995), 347–386.
Curdts, Soelve. ‘Dying into Prose: The Standard of Taste in Wordsworth’s “Essays upon Epitaphs”’. In Alexander Regier and Stefan H. Uhlig, eds., Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Devlin, D. D.Wordsworth and the Poetry of Epitaphs. London: Macmillan, 1980.
Easson, Angus. The Lapidary Wordsworth: Epitaphs and Inscriptions. Winchester, Hants: King Alfred’s College, 1981.
Hall, Dewey W.Signs of the Dead: Epitaphs, Inscriptions, and the Discourse of the Self’, ELH 68 (2001), 655–77.
Hartman, Geoffrey H.Inscriptions and Romantic Nature Poetry’. In The Unremarkable Wordsworth. London: Methuen, 1987.
Hess, Scott. ‘Wordsworth’s Epitaphic Poetics and the Print Market’, Studies in Romanticism 50 (2011), 55–78.
Roberts, Jonathan. ‘Wordsworth, Epitaph, and the “Epitaphic”’, Literature Compass 1 (2003), n.p.
Scodel, Joshua. The English Poetic Epitaph: Commemoration and Conflict from Johnson to Wordsworth. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.
Sharp, Michele Turner. ‘Re-membering the Real, Dis(re)membering the Dead: Wordsworth’s “Essays upon Epitaphs”’, Studies in Romanticism 34 (1995), 273–92.
Simonsen, Peter. Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Sympathy and sensibility

Bromwich, David. Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s. University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Chandler, James. An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema. University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Chandler, James. Wordsworth’s Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics. University of Chicago Press, 1984.
Hilles, Frederick W. and Harold Bloom, eds. From Sensibility to Romanticism: Essays Presented to Frederick A. Pottle. Oxford University Press, 1965.
Jarvis, Simon. Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Langan, Celeste. Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
McGann, Jerome. The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style. Oxford University Press, 1996.
McLane, Maureen N.Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Marshall, David. The Surprising Effects of Sympathy: Marivaux, Diderot, Rousseau, and Mary Shelley. University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Rivers, Isabel. Reason, Grace, and Sentiment: A Study of the Language of Religion and Ethics in England, 1660–1780. 2 vols. Cambridge University Press, 1991, 2000.

The French Revolution

Abrams, M. H.English Romanticism: The Spirit of the Age’. In Romanticism and Consciousness: Essays in Criticism. New York: W. W. Norton, 1970.
Clemit, Pamela, ed. The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Heffernan, James. ‘Wordsworth’s “Leveling” Muse in 1798’. In Richard Cronin, ed., 1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads. London: Macmillan, 1998.
Johnston, Kenneth R.The Hidden Wordsworth. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.
Roe, Nicholas. Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.
Thompson, E. P.Wordsworth’s Crisis’. In The Romantics: England in a Revolutionary Age. Rendlesham, Suffolk: Merlin Press, 1997.
Thompson, Judith. John Thelwall in the Wordsworth Circle: The Silenced Partner. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Poverty and crime

Bailey, Quentin. Wordsworth’s Vagrants: Police, Prisons and Poetry in the 1790s. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.
Benis, Toby. Romanticism on the Road: The Marginal Gains of Wordsworth’s Homeless. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000.
Emsley, Clive. Crime and Society in England, 1750–1900. 2nd edn. London: Longman, 1987.
Harrison, Gary. Wordsworth’s Vagrant Muse: Poetry, Poverty and Power. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1994.
Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age. New York: Vintage, 1985.
Langan, Celeste. Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
McLynn, Frank. Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England. Oxford University Press, 1991.
Marshall, J. D.The Old Poor Law, 1795–1824. London: Macmillan, 1985.
Potkay, Adam. Wordsworth’s Ethics. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.
Poynter, J. R.Society and Pauperism: English Ideas on Poor Relief, 1795–1834. London: Routledge, 1969.
Simpson, David. Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Webb, Sidney and Beatrice Webb. The Old Poor Law. Part 1 of English Poor Law History. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1963.

Europe

Espineli, Sheila K.Sainte-Beuve and Wordsworth in Defense of the Sonnet’, European Romantic Review 13 (2002), 445–8.
Ferber, Michael. ‘Sainte-Beuve’s “Imitations” of Two Sonnets by Wordsworth’, Wordsworth Circle 38 (2007), 215–17.
Hill, Alan. ‘Wordsworth’s Reception in Germany: Some Unfamilar Episodes and Contacts, 1798–1849’, Review of English Studies 59 (241) (2008), 568–81.
Legouis, Émile. La Jeunesse de William Wordsworth: 1770–1798. Paris: Masson, 1896.
Ober, Kenneth H. and Warren U. Ober. ‘“Scorn Not the Sonnet”: Pushkin and Wordsworth’, Wordsworth Circle 34 (2003), 119–26.
Smith, Maxwell. L’Influence des Lakistes sur les romantiques français. Paris: Jouve, 1920.
Williams, John. Wordsworth Translated: A Case Study in the Reception of British Romantic Poetry in Germany, 1804–1914. London: Continuum, 2009.

War

Bainbridge, Simon. British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Bainbridge, Simon. Napoleon and English Romanticism. Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Cronin, Richard. The Politics of Romantic Poetry: In Search of the Pure Commonwealth. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000.
Favret, Mary. War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime. Princeton University Press, 2010.
Shaw, Philip. Waterloo and the Romantic Imagination. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Watson, J. R.Romanticism and War: A Study of British Romantic Period Writers and the Napoleonic Wars. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Nature and the environment

Bate, Jonathan. Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition. London: Routledge, 1991.
Bate, Jonathan. The Song of the Earth. Cambridge, MAHarvard University Press, 2000.
Hess, Scott. William Wordsworth and the Ecology of Authorship: The Roots of Environmentalism in Nineteenth-Century Culture. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012.
McKusick, James. Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology. New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000.
Miall, David. ‘Locating Wordsworth: “Tintern Abbey” and the Community with Nature’, Romanticism on the Net 20 (2000), http://www.erudit.org/revue/ron/2000/v/n20/index.html.
Morton, Timothy. Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics. Cambridge, MAHarvard University Press, 2007.
Oerlemans, Onno. Romanticism and the Materiality of Nature. University of Toronto Press, 2002.
Rigby, Kate. Topographies of the Sacred: The Poetics of Place in European Romanticism. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2004.
Thompson, Ian S.William Wordsworth, Landscape Architect’, Wordsworth Circle 38 (2007), 186–203.
Williams, Raymond. The Country and the City. Oxford University Press, 1973.

London

Chandler, James and Kevin Gilmartin, eds. Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780–1840. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
D’Arcy Wood, GillanThe Shock of the Real: Romanticism and Visual Culture, 1760–1860. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.
Friedman, Geraldine. ‘History in the Background of Wordsworth’s “Blind Beggar”’, ELH 56 (1989), 125–48.
Gabriele, Alberto. ‘Visions of the City of London: Mechanical Eye and Poetic Transcendence in Wordsworth’s Prelude, Book 7’, European Romantic Review 19 (2008), 365–84.
Heffernan, James A. W.Wordsworth’s London: The Imperial Monster’, Studies in Romanticism 37 (1998), 421–43.
King, Ross. ‘Wordsworth, Panoramas, and the Prospect of London’, Studies in Romanticism 32 (1993), 57–73.
Meyer, Michael. ‘Theatrical Spectacles and Spectators: Positions in Wordsworth’s London’, Literary London Journal 1 (2003), http://www.literarylondon.org/london-journal.
Sharpe, William C.Unreal Cities: Urban Figuration in Wordsworth, Baudelaire, Whitman, Eliot, and Williams. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.
Stoddard, E. W.“All Freaks of Nature”: The Human Grotesque in Wordsworth’s City’, Philological Quarterly 67 (1988), 37–61.
Stokes, Christopher. ‘Sign, Sensation and the Body in Wordsworth’s “Residence in London”’, European Romantic Review 23 (2012), 203–23.
Taylor, David Francis. ‘Wordsworth at the Theater: Illegitimate Spectacle in Book 7 of The Prelude’, European Romantic Review 20 (2010), 77–93.

Family and friendship

Aaron, Jane. A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
Corbett, Mary Jean. Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008.
De Selincourt, Ernest. Dorothy Wordsworth. Oxford University Press, 1933.
Gittings, Robert and Jo Manton. Claire Clairmont and the Shelleys, 1798–1879. Oxford University Press, 1992.
Gittings, Robert and Jo Manton. Dorothy Wordsworth. Oxford University Press, 1985.
Holmes, Richard. Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772–1804. Reprint. New York: Pantheon, 1999.
Levin, Susan. Dorothy Wordsworth and Romanticism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1987.
McCracken, David. Wordworth and the Lake District: A Guide to the Poems and their Places. Oxford University Press, 1985.
May, Leila Silvana. Disorderly Sisters: Sibling Relations and Sororal Resistance in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2001.
Tadmor, Naomi. Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen: A Life. New York: Vintage, 1999.
Walker, Eric C.Marriage, Writing, and Romanticism: Wordsworth and Austen after War. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.
Wallace, Anne D. ‘The Deceased Wife’s Sister Controversy, 1835–1907’, BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, www.branch.org.
Wallace, Anne D.Home at Grasmere Again: Revising the Family in Dove Cottage’. In Judith Thompson and Marjorie Stone, eds., Literary Couplings: Writing Couples, Collaborators, and the Construction of Authorship. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
Worthen, John. The Gang: Coleridge, the Hutchinsons and the Wordsworths in 1802. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001.

Education

Bell, Andrew. An Experiment in Education Made at the Male Asylum of Madras. London, 1797.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Volume V, Lectures 1808–1819 on Literature. 2 vols., ed. R. A. Foakes. Princeton University Press 1987.
Foakes, R. A.“Thriving Prisoners”: Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Child at School’, Studies in Romanticism 28 (1989), 187–206.
Hickey, Alison. Impure Conceits: Rhetoric and Ideology in Wordsworth’s ‘Excursion’. Stanford University Press, 1997.
Johnston, Kenneth R.Wordsworth and ‘The Recluse’. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1984).
Lancaster, Joseph. Improvements in Education. London, 1803.
Salmon, David, ed. The Practical Parts of Lancaster’s ‘Improvements’ and Bell’s ‘Experiment’. Cambridge University Press, 1932.
Southey, Robert. The Origin, Nature, and Object of the New System of Education. London: John Murray, 1812.
Southey, Robert and Charles Cuthbert Southey. The Life of the Rev. Andrew Bell, comprising the history of the rise and progress of the system of mutual tuitionLondon: John Murray, 1844.

Animals

Bleakley, Alan. The Animalizing Imagination: Totemism, Textuality and Ecocriticism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2000.
Derrida, Jacques. The Animal That Therefore I Am, ed. Marie-Louise Mallet, trans. David Wills. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
Heymans, Peter. Animality in British Romanticism: The Aesthetics of Species. New York: Routledge, 2012.
Kenyon-Jones, Christine. Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
Kroeber, Karl. Ecological Literary Criticism: Romantic Imagining and the Biology of Mind. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.
Mortensen, Peter. ‘Taking Animals Seriously: William Wordsworth and the Claims of Ecological Romanticism’, Orbis Litterarum 55 (2000), 296–311.
Perkins, David. Romanticism and Animal Rights. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Schotland, Sara D.Man as Brute and Beast as Exemplar: Man and Animals in Wordsworth’s Poetry’, New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 7 (2010), 3–18.
Thomas, Keith. Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England, 1500–1800. Oxford University Press, 1996.
White, R. S.Natural Rights and the Birth of Romanticism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Wolfe, Cary, ed. Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Philosophy

Allen, Stuart. Wordsworth and the Passions of Critical Poetics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Altieri, Charles. ‘Wordsworth’s Poetics of Eloquence’. In Kenneth R. Johnston, Gilbert Chartin, Karen Hanson and Herbert Marks, eds., Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990.
Bromwich, David. Disowned by Memory. University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Fry, Paul H.Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
Jarvis, Simon. Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Prynne, J. H.Field Notes: The ‘Solitary Reaper’ and Others. London: Barque Press, 2007.
Weisman, Karen. ‘The Bounds of Lyric: Romantic Grasps upon the Actual’, European Romantic Review 15 (2004), 343–9.

Religion

Abrams, M. H.Natural Supernaturalism. New York: W. W. Norton, 1972.
Barth, J. Robert. Romanticism and Transcendence: Wordsworth, Coleridge and the Religious Imagination. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.
Easterlin, Nancy. Wordsworth and the Question of ‘Romantic Religion’. Lewisburg, PN: Bucknell University Press, 1996.
Haney, David P.William Wordsworth and the Hermeneutics of Incarnation. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1993.
Paley, Morton. Apocalypse and Millennium in English Romantic Poetry. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
Piper, H. W.The Active Universe: Pantheism and the Concept of Imagination in the English Romantic Poets. London: Athlone, 1962.
Roston, Murray. Prophet and Poet. London: Faber & Faber, 1965.
Rudy, John G.Wordsworth and the Zen Mind: The Poetry of Self-Emptying. New York: SUNY Press, 1996.
Ryan, Robert. The Romantic Reformation. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Ulmer, William A.The Christian Wordsworth, 1798–1805. New York: SUNY Press, 2001.
Westbrook, Deeanne. Wordsworth’s Biblical Ghosts. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

The senses

Beatty, Arthur. William Wordsworth: His Doctrine and Art in their Historical Relations. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1922.
Boyson, Rowan. Wordsworth and the Enlightenment Idea of Pleasure. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Brennan, Teresa. The Transmission of Affect. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.
Empson, William. ‘Sense in the Prelude’. In The Structure of Complex Words. New York: New Directions, 1951.
Favret, Mary A.War at a Distance: Romanticism and the Making of Modern Wartime. Princeton University Press, 2010.
Goodman, Kevis. Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Jackson, Noel. Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry. Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Jarvis, Simon. Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Matlak, Richard. ‘Wordsworth’s Reading of Zoonomia in Early Spring’, Wordsworth Circle 21 (1990), 76–81.
Richardson, Alan. British Romanticism and the Science of the MindCambridge University Press, 2001.
Swann, Karen. ‘Suffering and Sensation in “The Ruined Cottage”’, PMLA 106 (1991), 83–95.
Trilling, Lionel. ‘The Fate of Pleasure’. In Leon Wieseltier, ed., The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent: Selected Essays. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000.
Youngquist, Paul. ‘Lyrical Bodies: Wordsworth’s Physiological Aesthetics’, European Romantic Review, 10 (1999), 152–62.

Language and languages

Bennett, Andrew. Wordsworth Writing. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Ferguson, Frances. Wordsworth: Language as Counter-Spirit. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1977.
Fry, Paul. Wordsworth and the Poetry of What We Are. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008.
Jarvis, Simon. Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song. Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Levinson, Marjorie. ‘A Motion and a Spirit: Romancing Spinoza’, Studies in Romanticism, 46 (2007), 367–408.
Regier, Alexander and Stefan H. Uhlig, eds. Wordsworth’s Poetic Theory: Knowledge, Language, Experience. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Simpson, David. Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

The sublime

Abrams, M. H.Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature. New York: W. W. Norton, 1971.
Ashfield, Andrew and Peter de Bolla, eds. The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Costelloe, Timothy M., ed. The Sublime: From Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Duffy, Cian and Peter Howell, eds. Cultures of the Sublime: Selected Readings, 1750–1830. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Hertz, Neil. The End of the Line: Essays on Psychoanalysis and the Sublime. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985.
Shaw, Philip. The Sublime. London: Routledge, 2006.
Weiskel, Thomas. The Romantic Sublime: Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence. Baltimore, MA: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976.
Wlecke, A. O.Wordsworth and the Sublime. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973.

Walking and travel

Andrews, Malcolm. The Search for the Picturesque: Landscape Aesthetics and Tourism in Britain, 1760–1800. Aldershot: Scolar, 1989.
Buzard, James. The Beaten Track: European Tourism, Literature, and the Ways to ‘Culture’, 1800–1918. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.
Chard, Chloe. Pleasure and Guilt on the Grand Tour: Travel Writing and Imaginative Geography, 1600–1830. Manchester University Press, 1999.
Jarvis, Robin. Romantic Writing and Pedestrian Travel. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997.
Leask, Nigel. Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770–1840. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Liu, Alan. Wordsworth: The Sense of History. Stanford University Press, 1989.
Manning, Peter J.“Will No One Tell Me What She Sings?”: The Solitary Reaper and the Contexts of Criticism’. In Reading Romantics: Texts and Contexts. Oxford University Press, 1990.
Wallace, Anne D.Walking, Literature, and English Culture: The Origins and Uses of Peripatetic in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.
Wiley, Michael. Romantic Geography: Wordsworth and Anglo-European Spaces. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998.
Wyatt, John. Wordsworth’s Poems of Travel, 1819–42: ‘Such Sweet Wayfaring’. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999.

Spectacle, painting and the visual

Agathocleous, Tanya. ‘Wordsworth at the Panoramas: The Sublime Spectacle of the World’, Genre 36 (2003), 295–316.
Altick, Richard. The Shows of London. Cambridge, MAHarvard University Press, 1978.
Davis, Norma S.Poet and Painter: Beaumont’s Illustrations in the Poetry of William Wordsworth’. In F. Burwick and J. Klein, eds., The Romantic Imagination: Literature and Art in England and Germany. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996.
Galperin, William. The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.
Heffernan, James A. W.Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery. University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Jones, J. Jennifer. ‘Absorbing Hesitation: Wordsworth and the Theory of the Panorama’, Studies in Romanticism 45 (2006), 357–75.
Reed, Mark L.Wordsworth’s Surprisingly Pictured Page: Select Pieces’, Book Collector 46 (1997), 69–92.
Shackford, Martha Hale. Wordsworth’s Interest in Painters and Paintings. Wellesley, MA: Wellesley Press, 1945.
Simonsen, Peter. Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Thomas, Sophie. Romanticism and Visuality: Fragments, History, Spectacle. New York: Routledge, 2008.