Dorothy Wordsworth in Memoirs of William Wordsworth, 1851

Christopher Wordsworth, Memoirs of William Wordsworth, Poet-Laureate, 1851

 

Despite the name on the cover, The Memoirs Of William Wordsworth, Poet-Laureate was the first work to include text explicitly taken from Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals. Christopher (William and Dorothy’s nephew through their brother, also named Christopher) compiled these volumes one year after the death of William. Dorothy however would survive four more years after the publication of Memoirs, which contains over 50 pages of her original work cited under her own name. Though only somewhat lucid, Dorothy did live to see credited recognition for her work—which several reviews of the Memoirs called its “most valuable portion.”

Contributed by Thomas Sorensen