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Coleridge and Wordsworth in the West Country [Paperback]

Tom Mayberry
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750906286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750906289
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a review of the 1994 paperback edition "with additional material" than the original 1992 edition. I sought out this book after watching Julian Temple's hauntingly beautiful film `Pandaemonium', which portrayed the lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth in their Somerset haunt near Nether Stowey in the lee of the Quantocks. The book comes with a map showing the major places that feature in the story, and a profusion of well-chosen illustrations. Alas, all of these are in black and white. There is also an index and some generous appendices, details of which I refer to towards the end of this review.

In the preface to his very-readable book, Tom Mayberry writes that, despite the good biographies available on both poets, "This book arose form the belief that there remained, nevertheless, something more to be said, and especially that the West Country itself had seldom been presented in sufficiently accurate detail for its importance in the lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth to be properly understood." Mayberry goes on to say in his introduction how, "for both men, their memories of the West Country called up what seemed a brief golden age of friendship and creativity, a time of marvels which could never be recaptured."

Circumstances dictate that Coleridge features much more in the story than Wordsworth. Coleridge was born in Devon, spent some years in Bristol, and was the first to arrive at the foot of the Quantock Hills. He returned there often after the split with his fellow poet, whereas it was over forty years and towards the end of his life that Wordsworth returned to explore again their old haunts. Thus this book's first chapter looks at Coleridge's Devonshire childhood, his move to London and Cambridge and his return home.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landscape and two Romantic poets 1 Feb 2013
By Jane Baker VINE VOICE
Tom Mayberry is a local and an authority on this area of great beauty. I retired to West Somerset some years ago and have enjoyed both the Somerset landscape and the Coleridge Way made famous by the short stay of Coleridge and Wordsworth in the late 18th century. This is a book one can savour time and time again. The development of the Coleridge story accompanied by magnificent plates is excellent. The Appendix is worthy of a book in itself and covers the Alfoxden Journal of Dorothy Wordsworth and a gazetteer of place names and their history. Brilliant both as a reference, a history and a trip along the routes taken by these two founders of Romanticism who changed the landscape and vocabulary of English poetry which impacted on the world. Mayberry does them all full justice.
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