As someone who is interested in classic literature and poetry, I would definitely recommend the book ‘Wildly Romantic: The English Romantic Poets: The Mad, the Bad, and the Dangerous’ written by Catherine M. Andronik. As the subtitle would suggest, this book not only talks about the professional lives of these famous writers, but goes into detail about their personal lives…and boy, did these guys have some issues!
Without giving too much of the book away, here is a little of what I learned about each main character. Keep in mind, this is all non-fiction, so it isn’t made up or exaggerated in any way.
William Wordsworth – an interesting fact about William, he apparently liked to walk great distances, in fact, William and a friend once went on a walking tour of France, Switzerland and Italy during his summer break from school. During this ‘vacation’, William walked over two thousand miles! While he was walking, Wordsworth would often mutter poetry to himself, a habit that caused some people to think he was out of his mind.
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