Robert Southey

Robert Southey (sou´ŧħē, sŭŧħ´ē), 1774–1843, English author. Primarily a poet, he was numbered among the so-called Lake poets. While at Oxford he formed (1794) a friendship with Coleridge and joined with him in a plan for an American utopia along the Susquehanna River that was never actualized. Southey married in 1795, made several trips to Portugal, and in 1803 settled with his wife and the Coleridges near Keswick in the Lake District. A prolific writer, he enjoyed great popularity and renown in his day and was made poet laureate in 1813. Today, however, his reputation as a poet rests upon his friendships with Coleridge and Wordsworth and a handful of short poems, notably "The Battle of Blenheim," "The Holly Tree," and the epic Vision of Judgment (1821). As a prose writer, however, his reputation has increased. Included among his prose works are biographies of Nelson (1813) and Wesley (1820), several histories, ecclesiastical writings, and translations from the French and Spanish.

See his letters (ed. by J. Simmons, 1951); study by G. Carnall (1960); L. Madden, ed., Robert Southey: The Critical Heritage (1972).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Robert Southey: The Critical Heritage
Lionel Madden.
Routledge, 1972
Robert Southey and His Age: The Development of a Conservative Mind
Geoffrey Carnall.
Clarendon Press, 1960
FREE! Select Prose of Robert Southey
Jacob Zeitlix.
Macmillan, 1916
FREE! The Life of Horatio, Lord Nelson
Ernest Rhys; Robert Southey.
J. M. Dent & Sons, 1906
FREE! Journal of a Tour in the Netherlands in the Autumn of 1815
Robert Southey.
Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1902
British Conquistadors and Aztec Priests: The Horror of Southey's Madoc
Beshero-Bondar, Elisa E.
Philological Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 1, Winter 2003
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Transatlantic Consumptions: Disease, Fame, and Literary Nationalisms in the Davidson Sisters, Southey, and Poe
Lawlor, Clark.
Studies in the Literary Imagination, Vol. 36, No. 2, Fall 2003
Medievalism in England
Leslie J. Workman.
D. S. Brewer, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "'Revisiting Cramalot': An Arthurian Theme in the Correspondence of William Taylor and Robert Southey" begins on p. 143
Edmund Burke and the Revolt against the Eighteenth Century: A Study of the Political and Social Thinking of Burke, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey
Alfred Cobban.
George Allen & Unwin, 1960 (2nd edition)
Ten Master Historians
L. M. Angus-Butterworth.
University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "Robert Southey (1774-1843)"
The English Romantic Poets and Essayists: A Review of Research and Criticism
Lawrence Huston Houtchens; Carolyn Washburn Houtchens.
Modern Language Association of America, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Southey"
The Poets Laureate
Kenneth Hopkins.
Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Robert Southey"
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