Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
"In height he might seem to be about five feet eight (he was, in
reality, about an inch and a-half taller, but his figure was of an order
which drowns the height); his person was broad and full, and tended to
corpulence; his complexion was fair; though not what painters technically
style fair, because it was associated with black hair; his eyes were
large, and soft in their expression; and it was from the peculiar
appearance of haze or dreaminess which mixed with their light that I
recognised my object. This was Coleridge."
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Resources
We know what Coleridge looked like, at least in the eyes of his
contemporaries, from the above description written by Thomas De Quincey (1830-40) in
RECOLLECTIONS OF THE LAKE POETS. DeQuincey
recollections are not limited to Coleridge, but also include William
Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth and Robert Southey.
THE ALFOXDEN JOURNAL
(1798) by Dorothy Wordsworth contains much information of the
lives shared by Coleridge and the Wordsworths.
THE LIFE OF SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1838) by James Gillman is online
at Project Gutenberg
- website with timeline and biography of Coleridge
- a fictionalized account of life with Coleridge and the Wordworths,
friendship. Great performances by Linus Roache, John Hannah,
Samantha Morton and Emily Woof as the Coleridges and Wordsworths.