Blog Post: Coleridge and Godwin: A Literary Friendship

Pamela Clemit has published a piece on Coleridge and Godwin on the Wordsworth Trust Blog. It explores their friendship from the winter of 1799 onwards, and draws on their correspondence, marginalia, and manuscript notes.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by George Dance, 1804
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by George Dance, 1804

Godwin declared: ‘I feel myself a purer, a simpler, a more unreserved & natural being in your company than in that of almost any human creature.’ Coleridge attributed this to his ‘own ebullient Unreservedness’ and ‘the circumstance, that my affections are interested deeply in my opinions’…. Though they drifted apart in later years, each left a permanent imprint on the mind and the writings of the other.

Read the full piece at the Wordsworth Trust Blog.

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