Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850

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Birth 1770-04-07
Death 1850-04-23

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British poet.

From the description of Letters, 1827 Jan. 12-1836 Feb. 20. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 315953362

Wordsworth, English poet.

From the description of [Letters, 1826-1848] / Wm. Wordsworth. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 501844796

Wordsworth was an English poet.

From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1801-1853. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122372656

From the guide to the William Wordsworth miscellaneous papers, 1801-1853., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

William Wordsworth, English poet.

From the description of William Wordsworth manuscript material : 14 items, 1804-1846 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 693718157

William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District in 1770. An orphan by the age of 13, he was sent to be educated at Hawkshead grammar school. He then moved on to St John's College, Cambridge University, where he achieved only a pass in his degree. In 1791 Wordsworth travelled to France, where he formed a romantic attachment to a woman named Marie Vallon. Before their child was born in December 1792, Wordsworth had to return to England and was cut off by the outbreak of war between England and France. He did not meet his daughter Caroline until she was nine years old. For the next few years he remained in London, associating with radicals such as William Godwin. In 1795, a legacy from a friend enabled him to be reunited with his sister Dorothy, and the pair moved into Alfoxden House near Bristol, where they met Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. Wordsworth and Southey embarked on a partnership which was to change the former's style of poetry from long poems of social protest the short lyrical and dramatic poems for which he is best known. In 1798 Coleridge and Wordsworth published Lyrical Ballads . It is at this point that Wordsworth began work on The Prelude, a poem which was finally published in 1850. Following a tour of the Lake District, the Wordsworths and Coleridge moved to the Lake District, the former two moving into Dove Cottage in Ambleside. In 1802, William married his childhood companion, Mary Hutchinson. As their family grew, the Wordsworths moved several times, finally settling at Rydal Mount in 1813. During this time, Wordsworth wrote and published some of his best known work, including Poems in two volumes (1807), Poems (1815), The excursion (1814), The White Doe of Rylstone (1815), Thanksgiving ode (1816), Peter Bell (1819), The Waggonier (1819) and Ecclesiastical sketches (1822).Wordsworth was made Poet Laureate in 1843, a post which he held until his death in 1850.

From the guide to the Wordsworth, William, 1840, (Senate House Library, University of London)

William Wordsworth was one of the "Lake District' poets often writing about Nature.

From the description of Poem, 1836 [manuscript]. 1836. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 223357783

English poet.

From the description of J. Robert Barth-William Wordsworth Collection, [18--]-[1953]. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 34220478

From the description of ALS : London, to Joseph Cottle, [1797] Dec. 13. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122466339

From the description of Letters chiefly to Thomas Powell [manuscript], 1823-1841 (bulk 1837-1841). (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647820267

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to Thomas De Quincey, [1826] Nov. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857228

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to Abigail Hodgson, 1814 Sept. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857213

From the description of Lament of Mary Queen of Scots, on the eve of a new year : [printed poem?] : Lee Priory Press, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270844337

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to an unidentified recipient, 1841 Oct. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857233

From the description of [Letter, 1819] 22nd November, Rydal Mount [to] William Westall, Somers Town / W. Wordsworth. (Wesleyan University). WorldCat record id: 711709507

From the description of ALsS and portrait : to Joseph Cottle, [1799-1800]. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122316965

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to Sir R.H. Ingles, [1834] Feb. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857218

From the description of Autograph quotation signed : Ambleside, 1845 June 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857204

From the description of Autograph quotation signed : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857210

From the description of Autograph signature : Rydal Mount, 1832 Jan. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270857235

From the description of Letter, 1843 April 22, to Joseph Cottle. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122369462

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270584184

From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) : Grasmere, etc., to Lady Beaumont, 1806 Jun. 3-1810 May 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270584155

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to Lady (Mary Anne Howley) Beaumont, 1831 Jul. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270584159

From the description of ALS : Rydal Mount, near Kendal, to Joseph Cottle, 1829 Jan. 27. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122580985

English poet, one of the founders of the Romantic movement in English literature.

From the description of William Wordsworth collection, 1656-1987 (bulk 1798-1850). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63938905

From the guide to the William Wordsworth collection, 1656-1987, (bulk 1798-1850), (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

The English romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was born in Cumberland, in the Lake District. He was England's poet laureate between 1843 and 1850.

From the description of William Wordsworth letter (MS 51), 1829. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 223272251

From the guide to the William Wordsworth Letter (MS 51), 1829, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Wordsworth was the great British lyrical poet of nature, spontaneity, and affirmation. He was a conflicted and complicated poet whose works document the major events and concerns of his age--the French Revolution and the rise of counterrevolutionary tyranny, the effects of urbanization, mass communication, and war, the desires and limitations of the human mind.

From the description of William Wordsworth letters, circa 1828-1841. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57186899

Epithet: poet

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000815.0x000160

William Wordsworth was a British poet, essayist, playwright, and travel writer.

From the description of William Wordsworth collection of papers, 1795-1897. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122570632

From the guide to the William Wordsworth collection of papers, 1795-1897, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet.

Cornelius H. Patton (1860-1939), Amherst class of 1883 and Trustee of the College from 1905-1939, was a clergyman, author, and collector of Wordsworthiana. Patton published The Rediscovery of Wordsworth in 1935 and The Amherst Wordsworth Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography in 1936.

From the guide to the William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection MA. 00247., 1815-1850, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)


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