William Wordsworth


Critial Bibliography

William Wordsworth's Poetical Works (1827),
annotated with revisions in the author's own hand


  • The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, eds. Ernest de Selincourt, Helen Darbishire, 5 vols., Oxford, Oxford University Press 1940--49; rev. 1952-59. This is the old standard edition for everything but The Prelude
  • The Poems, ed. John O. Hayden, 2 vols, Penguin, 1977;rpt. New Haven, 1981.
  • The Cornell Wordsworth Edition, gen. ed. S.M. Parrish, 21 vols., Ithaca, NY, 1975
  • Early Poems and Fragments 1785-1797, ed., Carol Landon and Jared Curtis, Cornell University Press, 1998.
  • Lyrical Ballads and Other Poems, 1798-1800, ed. J. Butler and K. Green, Cornell University Press, 1992
  • Lyrical Ballads: An Electronic Scholarly Edition, ed. Bruce Graver and Ron Tetreault (2003). Contains the 1798, 1800, 1802, and 1805 editions of Lyrical Ballads, permitting simultaneous comparison of different versions of the texts.
  • The Prelude 1799, 1805, and 1850, ed. J. Wordsworth et al., Norton Critical Edition, 1979.


  • The Prose Works, 3 vols., 1974, abridged as Wordsworth's Literary Criticism, ed. W.J.B. Owen, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974.


  • The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, 8 vols., Oxford University Press, 1967--93, abridged in separate paperback editions as The Letters of William Wordsworth, ed. Allan G. Hill, Oxford University Press, 1991, and The Letters of Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. Allan G. Hill, Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • Dorothy Wordsworth's Journals, ed. E. de Selincourt, 2 vols., Macmillan, 1959, contain valuable biographical information. There are updated Oxford paperback editions:
  • Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth: The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. M. Moorman, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1971
  • The Grasmere Journals, ed. P. Woof, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Manuscript of "November 1806"


  • Alan Liu, Wordsworth: The Sense of History, Stanford University Press, 1989. A historicist study of the poetry
  • Beer, John, Wordsworth and the Human Heart, Columbia University Press, 1979
  • David Ferry, The Limits of Mortality, Greenwood Pub Group, 1959
  • David Perkins, The Quest for Permanence, Harvard University Press, 1969
  • David Simpson, Wordsworth's Historical Imagination: The Poetry of Displacement, Routledge, 1987.
  • Douglas Wilson The Romantic Dream: Wordsworth and the Poetics of the Unconscious,University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
  • Duncan Wu, Wordsworth: An Inner Life, Blackwell, 2002.
  • Durrant, Geoffrey, Wordsworth and the Great System: A Study of Wordsworth's Poetic
  • Universe, Cambridge University Press, 1970.
  • Frances Ferguson, Wordsworth: Language as Counter-Spirit, Yale University Press, 1977
  • Gene Ruoff, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Making of the Major Lyrics, 1802--1804,
  • Rutgers University Press, 1989
  • Geoffrey Hartman, Wordsworth's Poetry, 1787--1814, Harvard University Press, 1987. An good study of the poet's most productive period
  • Herbert Lindenberger, On Wordsworth's Prelude, Princeton University Press 1963
  • James Averill, Wordsworth and the Poetry of Human Suffering, Cornell University Press, 1980
  • James Chandler, Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and the Politics, University Of Chicago Press, 1984.
  • Joel Pace and Matthew Scott (eds.), Wordsworth in American Literary Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
  • John Jones, The Egotistical Sublime, Chatto & Windus, 1954
  • Jonathan Bate, Romantic Ecology: Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition, Routledge, 1991

Lyrical Ballads. First Edition

  • Jonathan Wordsworth, William Wordsworth: The Borders of Vision, Oxford University Press, 1982
  • Kenneth Johnston, Wordsworth and "The Recluse", Yale Univ Press, 1984
  • Lucy Newlyn, "Paradise Lost" and the Romantic Reader, Oxford University Press, 1993
  • Lucy Newlyn, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion, Oxford University Press, 1986
  • Mary Jacobus, Romanticism. Writing, and Sexual Difference, Oxford University Press, 1994
  • Mary Jacobus, Tradition and Experiment in Wordsworth's "Lyrical Ballads", Oxford:. Clarendon Press, 1976
  • Nicholas Roe, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Parrish, Stephen, The Art of the Lyrical Ballads, Harvard University Press, 1973
  • Paul Magnuson, Coleridge and Wordsworth: A Lyrical Dialogue, Princeton Univ Press, 1988
  • Pricketts, Stephen, Wordsworth and Coleridge "The Lyrical Ballads", Edward Arnold, 1975.
  • Richard Bourke, Romantic Discourse and Political Modernity: Wordsworth, the Intellectual and Cultural Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 1993
  • S.T. Coleridge, Biographia Literaria (1817); see especially chapters. 4, 14, 17, and 22
  • Sheats, Paul, The Making of Wordsworth's Poetry, 1785-1798, Harvard University Press, 1973.
  • Stephen Gill (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth, Cambridge University Presss, 2003.
  • Stephen Gill, William Wordsworth: A Life, Oxford University Press, 1989. This is the standard biography.
  • Susan Wolfson, The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry, Cornell University Press, 1986.