Coleridge's Father by J C C Mays

Coleridge's Father by J C C Mays

The Friends of Coleridge warmly invite you to purchase a work of remarkable scholarship.

Cost: £109.50 inc p&p

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Coleridge’s Father had its origins at the beginning of Jim Mays’ working life. A professional career intervened, which included editing STC’s poems and plays for the Collected Coleridge; but on the verge of retirement he revisited his early enthusiasm and, after some years’ further research, much of it in the Devon county archives, completed the book. It is a substantial recovery of a man who might otherwise only be remembered as a comic footnote in the life of his famous son. His intellectual achievements foreshadow those of STC, and far from being an absent-mind cleric in the Parson Adams mould, he was highly motivated and skilfully self-directed, achieving a degree of worldly success unknown to the earlier generations of his family. In discovering who John Coleridge really was, Jim Mays has also shone a new light on the historically important but neglected Devon philomaths, amateur and professional alike, some of whom fostered the young John Coleridge’s career. And as a consequence of investigating JC’s family roots, he has also revealed the lives and travails of the Devon poor in their sometimes tragic detail.

This is the work of a scholar dedicated to the ideals and processes of scholarship. The full text and the critical apparatus will printed in a single volume, and a CD provided with a PDF of the whole work, for word searches. The Friends of Coleridge are delighted to promote a unique contribution to our knowledge of Coleridge, his father, and the world from which they both came: and it is a happy coincidence that John Coleridge also published his major work, Miscellaneous Dissertations, by subscription, and that his 332 subscribers are much the same in number as those we hope will support this venture.

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