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Dorothy Wordsworth

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Dorothy Wordsworth

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Memoir, Nature, Women's Studies

At a Glance

While her brother William Wordsworth was away on a trip, Dorothy Wordsworth decided to keep a journal to chronicle day-to-day life in Grasmere, England, the village where she and William had recently settled. The Grasmere Journals offer an unprecedented glimpse into the personal lives of this unique pair of siblings as well as that of their intimate friend, the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834). The journals also capture a snapshot of life in rural England at the turn of the 19th century.

About the Title

English author Dorothy Wordsworth, who was the sister of Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770–1850), lived in Grasmere, a village in the county of Cumbria, England. Here Wordsworth wrote several journals during the years 1800–03, which were later published together under the title The Grasmere Journals.


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