Dorothy Wordsworth’s Many Hats

Dorothy Wordsworth, like many women in the Romantic era, inhabited many roles, or “wore many hats” amongst family and friends. Though most of her works were not published until after her death, Dorothy’s letters, journals, and poems demonstrate the breadth of her literary labors in life. Her peers saw her as an intellectual with a discerning eye, sensitive heart, and masterful pen. However, to look only at her writing is to limit her to the page. Dorothy was also a mountaineer, homemaker, gardener, cook, aunt, sister, and wonderful friend. Existing in a society where women were often expected to remain in the domestic sphere, Dorothy’s achievements establish her as a historical female of influence both inside and outside the home.

Dorothy Wordsworth, "Address to a Child" and "The Mother's Return" in William Wordsworth's 1815 Poems
"Dorothy Wordsworth's Unpublished Letter to Her Niece"
"Excursion Up Scawfell Pike”: 1818 Manuscript
"She is a Woman Indeed!"
Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, 1897
The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth, edited by Hyman Eigerman, 1940
Anna Rudelli, “Romantic Food at Dove Cottage: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Cookery and Kitchen Garden,” 2017
Edmund Lee's Dorothy Wordsworth: The Story of a Sister’s Love, 1886
Harriet Martineau's, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, 1855

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