William Wordsworth

Author(s): Hunter Davies


More than any other poet, Wordworth was his own biographer, and told his story through his verse. This work on the poet's entire life and times, first published in 1980, remains the only full-length popular biography. It draws upon the letters and diaries of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, and of their contemporaries Coleridge and Southey. Hunter Davies also draws upon his own knowledge of the Lake District, which featured so strongly in Wordsworth life, to present a complete portrait of England's best known poet.


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This remains the definitive popular biography of England's best known poet. Grange Now! A classic biography which is a joy to read. Keswick Reminder A painstakingly researched book that is both informative and eminently readable. Westmorland Gazette As valuable as ever in providing general readers with a life of the genius without the need to resort to the many detailed academic studies. Furthermore anything by Hunter Davies is well worth opening. Evergreen

Hunter Davies is the author of over 30 books, many of them with a Lake District connection, as well as biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Eddie Stobart. His authorised biography of Wainwright appeared in 1995. He is married to the novelist and biographer Margaret Forster and they divide their time between London and their Lake District home in Loweswater.

General Fields

  • : 9780711230453
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : July 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 30mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 384
  • : 26 black and white illustrations
  • : Hunter Davies
  • : Paperback