Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wordsworth mss., 1805-1948, consist of primarily correspondence from William Wordsworth, 1770-1850, to family members, friends, and colleagues. Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. He began attending St. John's College, Cambridge the same year he published his first poem, in 1787, and he earned his B.A. in 1791. Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth is credited with originating the Romantic Age of English Literature with the joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). He was England's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth's most famous work, The Prelude, was published posthumously in 1850.

Correspondents in the collection include: Beck, J. V. A.; Keble, John; Rix, Herbert; Wordsworth, Christopher; Wordsworth, Elizabeth; Wordsworth, Priscilla; Wordsworth, Susanna.

Also included in the collection are poems by William Wordsworth, a poem by his sister Dorothy Wordsworth, poems as tributes to Wordsworth, a memorandum book, notebooks, an anthology compiled by Sarah Hutchinson, and a photograph of Wordsworth's home at Rydal Mount.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1943-1986

Collection size: 57 items

Related manuscripts: Wordsworth mss. II, Wordsworth mss. III

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