Nineteenth Century Studies: Coleridge to Matthew Arnold

Nineteenth Century Studies: Coleridge to Matthew Arnold

Nineteenth Century Studies: Coleridge to Matthew Arnold

Nineteenth Century Studies: Coleridge to Matthew Arnold

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In choosing a title for this book I have purposely avoided the word 'Background'--partly because I am tired of it, but still more because the book itself makes no pretence to any sort of completeness. It comprises a group of inter-connected studies in certain nineteenth century writers who have interested me during the past eight years (some of them for much longer). I hope, indeed, that the book may be found to have some unity: I offer it mainly as a preliminary enquiry into the history of religious and moral ideas in the nineteenth century. The subject proved too vast to be treated in one volume, but I hope, in a projected sequel, to fill in some of the gaps and bring the story down to the end of the century.

My grateful acknowledgments are due to The British Academy for permission to incorporate, in the chapter on Coleridge, the substance of my Warton Lecture (Coleridle on Imagination and Fancy, 1946).

B. W.

PEMBROKE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

1948 . . .

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