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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'An eminently beautiful Object is Fern': The Romantics and the Victorian Fern Craze

By Sarah Whittingham

Of all the many passions and crazes in nineteenth-century gardening and natural history, none was as long lasting or as wide reaching as fern fever, when the plant held a popular fascination for much of society.

But this enthralment with the frond came out of nowhere; before the 1830s there was virtually […]

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