With Wordsworth in England
- McMahan, Anna Benneson

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Commentary

The fourth book in the series – following those on the Brownings, Shelley, and Byron – returns McMahan’s focus on English poets to England itself, comprising a selection of Wordsworth’s verse and letters that, to quote the book’s subtitle, ‘have to do with English scenery and English life.’ These photographs comprise scenes of southwest England (provided, McMahan notes, by Henry Ware) and the Lake District, the photographer for these latter images being G.P. Abraham, of Keswick. Abraham was a prolific Lake District photographer, whose company was taken over by his sons, George Dixon and Ashley.

The book follows a similar format to that of the series as a whole, juxtaposing extracts from Wordsworth’s poems – including The Prelude and sonnets from various sequences including those to The River Duddon – and his letters from scenes generally illustrative of the landscapes of his verse. The volume also includes a number of letters from Dorothy Wordsworth. As with the Scott volumes, there is a strong memorial quality to the present volume as it includes images of Wordsworth’s birthplace and the graves of the Wordsworth family at Grasmere. In this way, McMahan links her guide to reading – and walking with – Wordsworth to the life of the poet.

Book Details

Author: McMahan, Anna Benneson
Title: With Wordsworth in England
Publication Year: 1907
Poets Featured: Wordsworth, William
Photographers Featured: Abraham, George Perry; Ware, Henry
Subjects: English poetry, England, Description and travel, Lake District
Photographic process: Relief halftones

This book can be found in the University of St Andrews Library catalogue HERE

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