Welcome to the Wordsworth and Romanticism Blog. Here you will find lively and engaging explorations of the literature, history and culture of the Romantic period (1750 to 1850) from a variety of contributors. Illuminating and thought-provoking, they offer fresh perspectives on a period in our cultural history that continues to fascinate and inspire.

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Fictionalising 1816: The death of Harriet Shelley

by Lynn Shepherd

The Shelleys and their circle have inspired hundreds of books, plays and films over the last two centuries, and there have been many accounts of that famous summer they spent together in 1816, when Frankenstein was conceived. But all the same there remain many inexplicable gaps and strange silences, […]

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Claire Clairmont
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Mary Shelley
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Fictionalising 1816: The suicide of Fanny Imlay

by Lynn Shepherd

I write literary mysteries. Taking the classic literature of the 19th century as the inspiration for new stories that inhabit the same world. I’ve worked with novels like Mansfield Park, Bleak House, and Dracula, and in my third book, I did the same with two of the century’s most remarkable literary figures: […]

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Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Mary Wollstonecraft, painted by John Opie the year before she died, National Portrait Gallery, LondonMary Wollstonecraft, painted by John Opie the year before she died, National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Wollstonecraft on Men

by Simon Court

 

Mary Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792, which is generally acknowledged to be one of the first recognisably feminist texts. Yet earlier, in December 1790, she published A Vindication of the Rights of Men, which introduces some of the arguments extended in […]

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William Godwin: Political Justice, anarchism, and the Romantics

by Simon Court

William Godwin was a major contributor to the radicalism of the Romantic movement. A leading political theorist in his own right as the founder of anarchism, Godwin provided the Romantics with the central idea that man, once freed from all artificial political and social constraints, stood in perfect rational harmony with the […]

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William Godwin painted by James Northcote in 1802, when Mary was just turning five. National Portrait Gallery, London.William Godwin painted by James Northcote in 1802, when Mary was just turning five. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Coleridge and Godwin: A literary friendship

by Pamela Clemit

‘No two persons can be conceived more opposite in character or genius than [Coleridge and Godwin]’, wrote Hazlitt in The Spirit of the Age (1825). He placed them side-by-side in his ‘Gallery of Contemporary Portraits’, as if to intensify each by the proximity of the other. In person and on paper, their […]

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