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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Book review: William Wordsworth: A Life by Stephen Gill

by Anna Mercer

Stephen Gill’s biography of William Wordsworth is a carefully considered, detailed and incredibly readable account of the poet’s life and – most importantly – his works. A chronological survey of Wordsworth’s writing is given here as well as attention to the facts of his biography, and observations on the nature of his […]

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Book review: The Vampyre Family: Passion, Envy and The Curse of Byron by Andrew McConnell Stott

By Pam Norfolk The famous meeting of literary minds at the Villa Diodati in the stormy summer of 1816 has always read like the Gothic novel it spawned.

This iconic juncture in the lives of troubled poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, along with Shelley’s lover Mary Godwin, gave birth to a series of […]

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Unfashioned Creatures

Book review: Unfashioned Creatures by Lesley McDowell

Review by Pam Norfolk

‘Love is merely a madness,’ wrote Shakespeare but it was the poets and writers of the later Romantic period who came to love madness to distraction.

Mental disorders, sexual obsession and supernatural mystery were at the beating heart of 19th century literature… and leading the charge was Mary Shelley with her […]

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