Recovering Dorothy (Paperback)

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Recovering Dorothy (Paperback)


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The first book to focus on Dorothy Wordsworth's later life and work and the impact of her disability - allowing her to step out from her brother's shadow and back into her own life story.

Dorothy Wordsworth is well known as the author of the Alfoxden and Grasmere Journals (1798-1803) and as the sister of the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth. She is widely praised for her nature writing and is often remembered as a woman of great physical vitality. Less well known, however, is that Dorothy became seriously ill in 1829 and was mostly housebound for the last twenty years of her life.

Her personal letters and unpublished journals from this time paint a portrait of a compassionate and creative woman who made her sickroom into a garden for herself and her pet robin and who finally grew to call herself a poet. They also reveal how vital Dorothy was to her brother's success, and the closeness they shared as siblings. By re-examining her life through the perspective of her illness, this biography allows Dorothy Wordsworth to step out from her brother's shadow and back into her own life story.

Polly Atkin is a multi-award-winning poet, essayist, nature writer and academic in the UK. She has taught both English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of London, Strathclyde University, Lancaster University and University of Cumbria. Her doctoral research focused on Romantic legacies and literary geographies of the Lake District, northwest England, in collaboration with the Wordsworth Trust. She lives in Grasmere, the Wordsworths' Lake District-area hometown.
Product Details ISBN: 9781913393175
ISBN-10: 1913393178
Publisher: Saraband
Publication Date: April 19th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English