Ernest de Selincourt’s landmark Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth was issued in 1941 and republished by Archon Books in 1970, incorporating attractive illustrations to enhance readers’ understanding of Dorothy Wordsworth’s environment and life. Prepared almost half a century after William Knight’s 1897 edition of the journals, De Selincourt’s work contributed updated contextual scholarship and footnotes. Most importantly, it helped correct errors made in the earlier transcription process and included passages suppressed by Knight, restoring many wonderful journal entries now revered by enthusiasts. De Selincourt helped readers feel meaningful connection to the lifestyle behind Dorothy’s sometimes impetuous writing.
Contributed by Cameron Cornejo