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William Wordsworth/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about William Wordsworth.
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  • The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, ed. by T. Hutchinson and E. de Selincourt (London: Oxford University Press, 1936)
  • Lyrical Ballads, ed. by R. L. Brett and A. R. Jones, 2nd edn (London and New York: Routledge, 1991)
  • The Prelude 1799, 1805, 1850, ed. by J. Wordsworth, M. H. Abrams and S. Gill (New York: Norton, 1979) (Also contains seven critical essays)
  • The Prose Works of William Wordsworth, ed. by W. J. B. Owen and J. W. Smyser, 3 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974)


  • The letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. C. L. Shaver, M. Moorman, and A. G. Hill, 8 vols. 1967–93
  • Gill, S. William Wordsworth: a life. 1989
  • Moorman, M. William Wordsworth: a biography, The early years, 1770–1803, 1957; The later years, 1803–1850, 1965 (still the fullest biography, though a bit dated)
  • Legouis, E. William Wordsworth and Annette Vallon. 1922
  • Collected letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. E. L. Griggs, 6 vols. 1956–71
  • Wordsworth, D. The Grasmere journals, ed. P. Woof. 1991
  • Gittings, R and Manton, J. Dorothy Wordsworth. 1985
  • Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. by M. Moorman (London: Oxford University Press, 1971)
  • The Love Letters of William & Mary Wordsworth, ed. by B. Darlington (London: Chatto and Windus, 1982)


  • William Wordsworth: His Doctrine and Art in Their Historical Relation, A. Beatty, 2nd edn (Madison: University of Wisconsin Studies in Language and Literature, 1927)
  • Wordsworth and the Enlightenment: Nature, Man and Society in the Experimental Poetry, A. Bewel (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989)
  • William Wordsworth: The Prelude and Other Poems, J. F. Danby (London: Edward Arnold, 1963; repr. 1964)
  • Wordsworth’s Poetry 1787-1814, G. Hartman (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1964)
  • Wordsworth’s Theory of Poetry: The Transforming Imagination, A. W. Heffernan (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1969)
  • Wordsworth and the Empirical Dilemma, R. Hewitt (New York: Peter Lang, 1990)
  • Tradition and Experiment in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads 1798, M. Jacobus (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976)
  • The Egotistical Sublime: A History of Wordsworth’s Imagination, J. Jones (London: Chatto & Windus, 1964)
  • Why The Lyrical Ballads: The Background, Writing, and Character of Wordsworth’s 1798 Lyrical Ballads, J. E. Jordan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)
  • Wordsworth and the Beginnings of Modern Poetry, R. Rehder (London: Croom Helm, 1981)