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"A major achievement. A marvellous combination of profound scholarship and equally profound speculative insight." Professor Stephen Gill, Oxford University <!––end––>


"Wordsworth: An Inner Life shows that it is still possible to say new things about a life and a literary oeuvre which might seem, in outline, all too familiar." Times Literary Supplement


"This is traditional scholarship at its best, attentive to detail and immersed in a welter of poetic sources, which will no doubt be studied and absorbed by bright graduate students and Wordsworth experts." Times Higher Education Supplement

"In his reconstruction of Wordsworth′s "inner life", Wu offers a compelling blend of biography and literary criticism." Religious Studies Review

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From his work editing Wordsworth′s Juvenile Poetry (1785–1790), Duncan Wu came to understand that much of the content of the poet′s later great work drew on early childhood experiences, particularly delayed mourning arising from his parents′ deaths. This original study is the first fully to investigate the impact of this formative experience on Wordsworth′s poetry and to integrate it into a critical account of how his art developed from 1787 to 1813. In doing so it seeks to explain the importance of Wordsworth′s great epic, The Recluse, to his work as a whole, and looks at how some of it got written and why it was left unfinished at his death.

The book includes 20 illustrations from original notebooks retained by the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, and, among its numerous discoveries, presents the first annotated reading text of The White Doe of Rylstone (1808) with its important ′Advertizement′. Written in an accessible manner, this revealing study will be of great interest to students and researchers of Wordsworth′s poetry.

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