The Grasmere Journals

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9780192831309: The Grasmere Journals

Dorothy Wordsworth's The Grasmere Journals, begun in May 1800 while at Dove Cottage, and continued for nearly three years until January 1803, is perhaps the best-loved of all journals. Noting the walks and the weather, the friends, country neighbors and beggars on the roads, William Wordsworth's marriage, the composition of poetry, and their concern for Coleridge, her words bring those first years to vivid and intimate life. This edition has been prepared directly from the manuscripts with undeciphered words clarified, first thoughts, later insertions and deletions indicated, and Dorothy's hasty punctuation largely restored. It also offers rich explanatory notes, containing much new detail on friends and family, the scarcely-known people of the Grasmere valley, the books that were read, and the connections with William Wordsworth's poetry.

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About the Author:

Pamela Woof, Lecturer in Literature, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Review:

'Woof's textual, historical, and biographical notes are unprecendented in detail and comprehensiveness and will thus make a useful addition to libraries supporting advanced studies in the English romantic period.' N. Fruman, University of Minnesota, Choice, Apr '92

'it is, indeed, for the Notes, which do function as a running commentary on Dorothy Wordsworth's record, that we should be most grateful ... She has solved a few problems which baffled earlier editors ... Pamela Woof's edition should remain the standard one; it certainly brings with it the necessary sense of the impromptu, of what, in her Introduction she describes as the way 'the eye darts from fragment to fragment'. Her account of the effect of the writing is, as in this phrase, perceptive. The edition is a handsome one and encourages careful reading.' Douglas Hewitt, Pembroke College, Oxford, Notes and Queries, Vol. 39, No. 3, Sept '92

'Pamela Woof has set about restoring the integrity of the original text. Pamela Woof has in a large measure brought us nearer to the heart of the Journals ... Pamela Woof's dedicated study of the Journals revealed how conscious a writer Dorothy often is. Pamela Woof has prefaced this new edition with a generous introduction which captures the mood and varying pace.' Contemporary Review

'This has to be considered the standard edition of Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere journals.' Peter Morgan, University of Toronto, English Studies, Volume 73, Number 6, December 1992

'this new edition is packed with invaluable historical information, fresh readings, and restored passages ... It is a marvellous text, and this new edition certainly merits its place in the growing ranks of Wordsworthian studies.' Fiona Stafford, Somerville College, Oxford, Review of English Studies

'Pamela Woof has provided an outstanding new edition of The Grasmere Journals ... This is work of a deeply informed and sensitive kind. There are few more learned historians of the Wordsworths's Grasmere than Pamela Woof ... In Pamela Woof she has at last met her editor.' Nicola Trott, St Catherine's College, Oxford, Wordsworth Circle, Annual Review Issue '903, Vol. 23.4

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