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A Book I Value : Selected Marginalia - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A Book I Value

Selected Marginalia

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Coleridge is such a celebrity that many who have never read "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" have a fair idea who he was, and yet the common impression of him is not flattering. He is typically seen as a youthful genius transformed by drugs and philosophy into a tedious sage. It is time for a change of image. A "Book I Value" offers a one-volume sampling of Coleridge's encyclopedic marginalia, revealing a figure more complex but also more humanly attractive--clever, curious, playful, intense--than the one we are used to.

This book makes a convenient introduction to Coleridge's life, the intellectual issues and contemporary concerns that held his attention, and the workings of his mind. The marginalia represent an unintimidating sort of writing that Coleridge famously excelled at (often in books borrowed from friends). "A book, I value," he wrote, "I reason & quarrel with as with myself when I am reasoning."

Unlike the complete "Marginalia" in six volumes arranged alphabetically by author, this representative selection is chronological and footnote-free, with a contextualizing introduction and brief headnotes that outline Coleridge's circumstances year by year and provide essential historical information. Our own cultural taboo against writing in books is slackening in light of new interest in the history of the book. It will be weakened further by the extraordinary and now accessible example of Coleridge, who was a remarkably shrewd but at the same time a remarkably charitable reader.

"You might be forgiven for wondering what wide appeal there is in a book which selects the marginal jottings of a long-dead poet... I have found myself turning to it again and again, first in the manner of a commonplace book, and then--for this is how the book is arranged--as a chronological record of the development of Coleridge's thoughts. And these are almost always worth reading... The book becomes, then, a kind of sideways intellectual autobiography, a dossier of immediate response, scrupulous honesty or honest bewilderment."--Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian "Jackson intends her selection to serve as an introduction to the great Coleridgean themes, and it succeeds very well... [Her] selection is excellent; it is where readers new to the marginalia should start."--Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement

Introduction
1801
Immanuel Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunftp. 3
1803
Robert Anderson, ed., The Works of the British Poetsp. 5
1804
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, The Emperor Marcus Antoninus His Conversation with Himselfp. 7
Johann Gottfried Herder, Kalligonep. 8
1807
Aulus Persius Flaccus, Satirarum liberp. 10
Andrew Fuller, The Calvinistic and Socinian Systems Examined and Comparedp. 10
Patrick Colquhoun, A Treatise on Indigencep. 13
William Hayley, Life of Miltonp. 14
Robert Percival, An Account of the Island of Ceylonp. 17
Edward Stillingfleet, Origines Sacraep. 18
Robert Anderson, ed., The Works of the British Poetsp. 20
Thomas Adam, Private Thoughts on Religionp. 21
George Lyttelton, The History of the Life of King Henry the Secondp. 22
1808
Samuel Daniel, Poetical Worksp. 24
John Milton, A Complete Collection of the ... Miscellaneous Worksp. 25
Jakob Boehme, Worksp. 27
1809
Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medicip. 34
John Barclay, Argenisp. 36
Jonathan Swift, Worksp. 37
1810
James Sedgwick, Hints to the Public and the Legislaturep. 39
Immanuel Kant, Vermischte Schriftenp. 43
1811
Richard Baxter, Reliquiae Baxterianaep. 45
Jeremy Taylor, A Collection of Polemicall Discoursesp. 46
John Donne, Poemsp. 53
1812
Baruch Spinoza, Operap. 54
Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, Einleitung in das Neue Testamentp. 55
William Shakespeare, Worksp. 56
1813
Moses Mendelssohn, Morgenstundenp. 59
Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, System des transcendentalen Idealismusp. 60
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Sammtliche Schriftenp. 62
Robert Robinson, Miscellaneous Worksp. 63
1814
Robert Leighton, The Expository Works and Other Remainsp. 65
Robert Southey, Joan of Arc, an Epic Poemp. 66
The Quarterly Reviewp. 68
Samuel Parr, A Spital Sermonp. 70
Richard Field, Of the Churchp. 71
1815
Encyclopaedia Londinensisp. 73
Ben Jonson, Dramatic Worksp. 74
Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Die Bestimmung des Menschenp. 75
1816
Johann Gottfried Herder, Von der Auferstehungp. 77
Henry Fielding, Tom Jonesp. 77
John Reynolds, The Triumphes of Gods Revengep. 79
1817
Hans Christian Oersted, Ansicht der chemischen Naturgesetzep. 84
William Shakespeare, Dramatic Worksp. 84
1818
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Dramatic Worksp. 98
Jean Paul Richter, Museum von Jean Paulp. 99
Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand Solger, Philosophische Gesprachep. 100
Wilhelm Gottlieb Tennemann, Geschichte der Philosophiep. 101
Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert, Ansichten von der Nachtseite der Naturwissenschaftp. 106
1819
Martin Luther, Colloquia Mensaliap. 108
Johann Heinrich Jung, Theorie der Geister-Kundep. 114
Bryan Waller Procter, Dramatic Scenes and Other Poemsp. 115
Thomas Gray, Worksp. 116
John Webster, The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraftp. 117
Emanuel Swedenborg, De coelo et ejus mirabilibus, et de inferno, ex auditis et visisp. 120
1820
Robert Southey, The Life of Wesleyp. 125
Richard Baxter, Reliquiae Baxterianaep. 131
Robert Leighton, Genuine Worksp. 137
Emanuel Swedenborg, True Christian Religionp. 139
Lorenz Oken, Lehrbuch der Naturgeschichtep. 140
John Petvin, Letters Concerning Mindp. 141
1821
Emanuel Swedenborg, Prodromus philosophiae ratiocinantisp. 144
1823
Pierre Jurieu, The History of the Council of Trentp. 147
Heinrich Steffens, Caricaturen des Heilgstenp. 148
John Howie, Biographia Scoticanap. 150
John Milton, Poems upon Several Occasionsp. 153
Henry More, Theological Worksp. 158
Eternal Punishment Proved to Be Not Suffering, But Privationp. 160
1824
William Wordsworth, "Translation of Virgil's Aeneid Book I"p. 162
George Herbert, The Templep. 163
1825
Daniel Waterland, A Vindication of Christ's Divinityp. 164
Wilhelm Martin Leberecht De Wette, Theodorp. 165
Eikon Basilikep. 167
Sir Walter Scott, Novels and Talesp. 168
Sir Walter Scott, Historical Romancesp. 170
Sir Walter Scott, Novels and Romancesp. 171
Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher, A Critical Essay on the Gospel of St. Lukep. 174
Samuel Papys, Memoirsp. 179
Heinrich Steffens, Ueber die Idee der Universitatenp. 182
Richard Hokker, Worksp. 184
The Holy Biblep. 188
1827
Georg August Goldfuss, Handbuch der Zoologiep. 190
Samuel Noble, An Appeal in Behalf of the Views of the Eternal World and Statep. 191
Manuel Lacunza y Diaz, The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majestyp. 193
Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert, Allgemeine Naturgeschichtep. 197
Jacob Rhenferd, Opera philologicap. 198
Claude Fleury, Ecclesiastical Historyp. 199
Joannes Scotus Erigena, De divisione naturaep. 199
1828
Henrich Steffens, Anthropologiep. 202
John Asgill, A Collection of Tractsp. 202
Heinrich Eberhard Gottlob Paulus, Das Leben Jesup. 203
Edward Irving, Sermons, Lectures, and Occasional Discoursesp. 207
1829
The Quarterly Journal of Foreign Medicine and Surgeryp. 213
Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, Einleitung in das Neue Testamentp. 216
1830
Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoep. 217
Robert Vaughan, The Life and Opinions of John de Wycliffep. 217
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progressp. 220
Esaias Tegner, Die Frithiofs-Sagep. 220
1831
"Vindex," The Conduct of the British Governementp. 223
John Donne, Eighty Sermonsp. 224
1832
John James Park: Dogmas of the Constitutionp. 226
John James Park: Conservative Reformp. 226
1833
Samuel Johnson, Worksp. 228
Analysis of the Report of a Committeep. 231
Apocalypsis graecep. 232
1834
John Kenyon, Rhymed Plea for Tolerancep. 234
Robert Southey, The Doctorp. 235
Daniel Sandford, Remainsp. 236
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780691113173
ISBN-10: 0691113173
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 18th February 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.07  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.32