William Wordsworth collection
This collection consists of two letters written by English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
- 1830s; undated
- Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 (Person)
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Biography of William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
William Wordsworth was the son of John and Ann (Cookson) Wordsworth, born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, a part of the Lake District in England. He began writing poetry as a youth and went on a walking tour of Europe, including in Revolutionary France, before completing college, which solidified two common themes in his poetry: nature and a sympathy for the common individual.
After completing his undergraduate degree at St. John's College, Cambridge University in 1791, Wordworth returned to France, spending over a year there. Returning to England in 1793, he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, with whom he would write Lyrical Ballads (1798).
Wordsworth's strongest poetry was written during the last decade of the 18th and first decade of the 19th centuries. In 1822 he expanded what had been an introduction to a selection of paintings by artist Joseph Wilkinson to become the book A Guide through the District of the Lakes. In 1843 he was named poet laureate of England.
William Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson in 1802. They had 5 children, two of whom died in childhood.
[Information for this note retrieved from the Poetry Foundation website, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/william-wordsworth.]
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Item 1: Rota 104:46 [note pencil marks above salutation: "R951 30 ward/49"]. Item 2: gift, William P. Albrecht, 1971.
- Guide to the William Wordsworth Collection
- William Wordsworth collection
- Finding aid prepared by alh, 1971, 1972. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2020.
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William Wordsworth collection, MS P355, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas