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Revisionary GleamDe Quincey, Coleridge and the High Romantic Argument$
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Daniel Sanjiv Roberts

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237945

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313936

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‘A Man Darkly Wonderful’: Coleridgean Reorientations in De Quincey Criticism

‘A Man Darkly Wonderful’: Coleridgean Reorientations in De Quincey Criticism

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(p.1) 1 ‘A Man Darkly Wonderful’: Coleridgean Reorientations in De Quincey Criticism
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Revisionary Gleam
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237945.003.0001

This chapter argues that Samuel Taylor Coleridge's relationship with Thomas De Quincey has been constructed in the critical tradition under a misleading assumption of Wordsworthian priority. De Quincey's famous exposure of Coleridge's plagiarisms and his criticisms of the Coleridge literary heirs have established him as an object of suspicion among Coleridgeans. De Quincey's uneasy relationship with the Coleridge critical tradition must be extricated from the negative implications of this legacy. Such a recovery may be seen to involve a surprisingly politicized view of Coleridge by the apparently reclusive English Opium-Eater, De Quincey. In this regard, it must be noted that despite their status in the literary canon today, both writers were in their own times more readily seen as political commentators in the periodical press, and that De Quincey referred to Coleridge in this sense as a ‘brother’.

Keywords:   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas de Quincey, William Wordsworth, political commentators

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