Wordsworth and the Victorians


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Wordsworth and the Victorians tells the story of the flowering of Wordsworth's reputation and influence in the Victorian era. Stephen Gill uses a range of anecdotal and biographical material to illustrate the various ways in which Wordsworth's reputation was diffused. The transmission of the Wordsworthian spirit by poets and novelists such as Matthew Arnold and George Eliot is examined, as is the personal testimony of critics, scholars, and ordinary readers.

Wordsworth and the Victorians 2001, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780198187646

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Wordsworth and the Victorians 1998, Clarendon Press, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780198119654