Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge were lifelong friends. They were also the daughters of best friends, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poetic geniuses who shaped the Romantic age. Drawing on many unpublished sources, this dual biography charts for the first time the lives and friendship of these two remarkable women. Devoting their energies and talents to their fathers' literary reputations, they also wrestled with the darker legacy of fame, including anorexia, drug addiction and depression.
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Katie Waldegrave, formerly Head of History at Cranford Community College in West London, now runs First Story - a charity she founded with author William Fiennes in 2008. The Poets' Daughters is her first book.Review:
"Meticulously researched ... a fascinating snapshot of one of the most interesting periods in British intellectual and artistic history ...Waldegrave ... brings the story of these two women's lives brilliantly alive." Sunday Times "[An] important and moving book ... quite simply fascinating ... [Dora and Sara] emerge from these pages as intensely knowable; never has the cost of being a daughter of Romanticism been shown with more sympathy and imagination." Literary Review "A gripping narrative ... This insightful and compassionate book ... is a powerful addition to the recent literature that has enlarged our understanding of women whose lives - until now - have remained obscured by those dominant male writers of their time." New Statesman "To find a fresh story to tell about an already formidably chronicled group of historical figures is an accomplishment in itself, but for weaving such a fascinating familial case history out of the material, Waldegrave deserves considerable praise." Observer "[A] riveting family saga ...Katie Waldegrave is non-judgemental ... She has negotiated the mountains of material and the emotional swamps with skill and clarity." The Spectator
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