Thursday, July 13, 2017

Robert Southey: Entire Man of Letters



And since my mind is preoccupied with Romanticism today -- note my previous posting -- I think you might be interested in this review of a biography of Robert Southey which I wrote ten years ago for The American Spectator.

Enjoy!





6 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Tim - I always appreciate learning something new.

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    1. Margot, I too enjoy exploring and discovering. That was one of my joys in book reviewing; the oddest books would show up, and I would become a student again.

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  2. Southey was a man deserving respect: with a large family to support, he wrote night and day, utilized all his contacts, wrote voluminous numbers of essays and letters and articles and managed to put up with Coleridge for quite a while, the latter not a small achievement... i like his poetry and have a volume of his letters which are good... a man of integrity...

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    1. Mudpuddle, I think you are right. Putting up with Coleridge would have been difficult. I read and reviewed a biography of Coleridge -- perhaps more about that some other time -- and I came away from the experience thankful for not knowing anyone like him.

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    2. By the way, Mudpuddle, you are a singular fellow of considerable complexities. I can think of no one else who would read car repair manuals AND Robert Southey's letters. I'm impressed. Bravo!

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    3. it was all incidents in a chequered career; better had i rode one train rather than hopping freights all the time(metaphorically, you understand...)

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