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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Biographia Literaria. Vol. I (1817)

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BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA ;
OR
Biographical Sketches
OF
MY LITERARY LIFE
AND
OPINIONS.
BY S. T. COLERIDGE, ESQ.


VOL. I.

LONDON :
REST FENNER, 23, PATERNOSTER ROW

1817.

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S. Curtis, Printer, Camberwell.

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BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA :
OR,
Biographical Sketches
OF MY
LITERARY LIFE AND OPINIONS.

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So wenig er auch bestimmt seyn mag andere zu belehren,
sa wünscht er dock sich denen mitzutheilen, die er sieh
gleichgesinnt weiss oder hofft, deren Anzahl aber in der
Breite der Welt zerstreut ist: er wünscht sein Verhältniss
zu den ältesten Freunden wieder anzuknüpfen, mit neuen es
fortzusetzen, und in der letzen generation sich wieder andere
für sein übrige Lebenszeit zu geivinnen. Er wünscht der
Jugend die Umwege zu ersparen, auf denen er sich selbst
verirrte.
GOETHE.
TRANSLATION. Little call as he may have to instruct
others, he wishes nevertheless to open out his heart to such
as he either knows or hopes to be of like mind with himself,
but who are widely scattered in the world: he wishes to knit
anew his connections with his oldest friends, to continue
those recently formed, and to win other friends among the
rising generation for the remaining course of his life. He
wishes to spare the young those circuitous paths, on which
he himself had lost his way.

Copytext: Coleridge 1817.
Source: S. T. Coleridge. Biographia Literaria; or Biographical Sketches of my Literary Life and Opinions. Vol. I. London: Rest Fenner, 23, Paternoster Row, 1817.
Editor: Ian Lancashire, Rep. Criticism On-line (1996).

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