Samuel Taylor Coleridge (3547 words)

Seamus Perry (University of Oxford)
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born on 21 October 1772, the youngest of ten children, in Ottery St. Mary in Devon. Coleridge would recall his father, the Reverend John Coleridge, as a scholarly, saintly, comically distracted figure; but he was evidently a person of some determination too, having risen from an unpromising background to become vicar of St Mary's, a handsome and substantial church, and Headmaster of the Grammar School. Coleridge's mother, Ann Bowdon, came of a farming family from Exmoor. Young Sam (he grew to hate his name) was dreamy, solitary and precociously bookish, absorbed especially by the Arabian Nights, which he devoured at the age of six. (He was to claim that this “early reading of Faery Tales, & Genii” w…

Citation: Perry, Seamus. "Samuel Taylor Coleridge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001 [, accessed 17 October 2021.]

949 Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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