The Art of Wordsworth

The Art of Wordsworth

The Art of Wordsworth

The Art of Wordsworth

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These five lectures were delivered as a course on the Percy Turnbull Foundation at the Johns Hopkins University, in April 1935; they have never been published before in any form. The course was adapted and elaborated from an earlier series, given in 1931 at the University of Belfast; it also included a certain amount of material from a separate lecture on Peter Bell, the date and occasion of which I have been unable to discover. For the purpose of this book it was decided that the Peter Bell lecture should stand by itself, as an appropriate appendix to the main series; in order to avoid repetition I have accordingly made some adjustment to the text of both. Except for this, my editing has been confined to minor points of detail--chiefly where the printed page seemed to call for more formality than was presented by the colloquial structure and syntax of the original. Quotations have been checked and some references provided.

That my father did not himself prepare the lectures for publication before his death in 1938 was not, I am sure, due to any feeling of dissatisfaction with what he had written. It may be that he intended to do so, and that illness and the pressure of . . .

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