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From the Messed-Up Files of Indifferent Parenting: The Lake Poets Edition October 10, 2013: Katie Waldegrave's first book explores the tumultuous lives of Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge. The daughters of poets, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Dora and Sara suffered from opium-dependency, chronic constipation, and anorexia. The Spectator posts this review of Katie Waldegrave's The Poets’ Daughters: Dora [...] by

Stevie Smith’s ‘Thoughts on the Person from Porlock’ September 4, 2013: On a personal level, affectionate teasing can express love, of course. In some families, benign mockery is a prized, vital form of intimacy. Comedy of the self, comedy of the other person, a characteristic joke, may demonstrate the bonds of deep familiarity as no mere hug could do. (I was moved to hear a friend's account of her father, near [...] by

R.I.P. Norman Fruman May 2, 2012: According to this NY Times article: Norman Fruman, a scholar who roiled literary waters in the 1970s with a biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge that accused the poet of stealing ideas and disingenuously aggrandizing his own creative history, died on April 19 at his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was 88. The obit continues on about [...] by

Abusing the albatross in the name of politics January 24, 2011: The Miami Herald's Michael Doyle brings you the literary understatement of the year by way of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner: "Politics can turn poetry upside down." Poetry fits well into today's talking point-driven political rhetoric, particularly well known passages that function almost like a shortcut to a reader's [...] by