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Passionate Sisterhood

Kathleen Jones


Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey have become such a literary myth that we are used to looking at the Lake District solely through their eyes.

But the story for the women who loved and surrounded them – Dorothy and Mary Wordsworth, Sarah Coleridge and their daughters – was very different. Based on necessity, the extended family-type group they formed was a far cry from the harmonious rustic idyll illustrated by their male counterparts. Kathleen Jones looks at their letters and journals in this illuminating account of their lives – the passionate attachments and jealousies, unwanted pregnancies and children’s death, drug addiction and barbaric medical practices.
This is the 5th revised edition.


The Book Mill



Publication Date:

2010 November