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Fiercely brilliant storytelling,
This review is from: The Poets' Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge (Hardcover)
This is a compelling story of what children inherit and how they live with it. Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge grew up in the shadow of their fathers, and both shaped the legacy each poet left behind. Sara edited Coleridge's unpublished work, while Dora became, in effect, Wordsworth's scribe and secretary--and both lived through the Romantic age with lives every bit as interesting as their fathers'.
The writing of their story has everything you would hope for - whether it's the idyllic landscape of the Lakes, the complex and fascinating relationships between the poets' families, hopeful love and ensuing grief, depression and illness, this is fiercely brilliant storytelling that puts centre stage two women whose own legacies might otherwise have stayed, as Woolf says of Sara's life, `in the light of his sunset.' The author writes with humour, compassion, and the sharpest eye for the smallest dramas that make up the stuff of lives - the resulting read is hard to put down, or forget.