John Mullan: William Wordsworth
5 April 2001
Show More Wordsworth: A Life by Juliet Barker.
Viking, 971 pp., £25, October 2000, 9780670872138Show More
The Hidden Wordsworth by Kenneth Johnston.
Pimlico, 690 pp., £15, September 2000, 0 7126 6752 0Show More
Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s by David Bromwich.
Chicago, 186 pp., £9.50, April 2000, 0 226 07556 7Show More
“... the poetry that we now admire. Hers is so much a biography of the Wordsworths en famille that she is able to sustain our interest in their dramas, pleasures, quarrels and sorrows long after ‘William’ (as Barker always calls him – even, irritatingly, ‘our William’) has ceased to write wonderful poetry. In fact, she manages to make an intriguing sub-narrative out of his wife’s and his ...”