The best of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poems in a beautiful new gift edition
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was educated at Christ's Hospital, London and Jesus College, Cambridge. Close collaboration with Wordsworth resulted in joint production of the volume Lyrical Ballads in 1798, which contained Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', signposting the Romantic movement. After wintering in Germany in 1797-8 he settled in the Lake District, where he wrote the 'Letter' that turned into 'Dejection: An Ode' (1802). In later years Coleridge turned increasingly to prose, covering philosophical, political, religious and critical subjects, although new poems continued to appear in most years until his death.
John Beer's work on Coleridge includes two books, Coleridge the Visionary and Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, the editing of a collection of essays, Coleridge's Variety, and the preparation of an edition of Aids to Reflection for Coleridge's Collected Works. He is also general editor of the series Coleridge's Writings and has written on a variety of other authors, including Blake, Wordsworth and E.M. Forster.