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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Wordsworth Narrator: Jenny Agutter Publisher: Mr Punch Ltd Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Some of the most fascinating journals and letters to have been written in the last three hundred years. All performed by leading actors in a dramatised setting with music & soundtrack.

Dorothy Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth in 1771, being one year younger than her brother William. After their mother died in 1778 they were separated and did not return to the Lake District until 1794, when they spent two happy months walking around the hills near Keswick, eventually settling down at Grasmere in 1799.

The journals that Dorothy kept are remarkable for the detailed observations she makes of the surrounding countryside and people, often providing glimpses of poverty and suffering, as well as displaying her complete love affair with nature. 'She gave me eyes, she gave me ears,' said her brother William, acknowledging the important contribution his sister made to his poetry, as both he and Coleridge drew heavily on the simple yet beautiful material these journals were to provide.

Dorothy and William lived at Dove Cottage in Grasmere from 1799, moving eventually to Rydal Mount in 1813, where they were to live together until the poet's death in 1850. Dorothy herself was to live until 1855. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2011

    " Didn't have time to finish but will return to this. Beautifully simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 11/3/2010

    " Interesting if you read it like poetry. Dorothy could have been just as good a poet as her brother, I think. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855) was a Romantic poet and prose writer and the sister of one of the period’s most famous poets, William Wordsworth. Dorothy was an avid naturalist and many of her works explore themes of nature. Though she did not publish during her lifetime, many of her journals and poems have been published posthumously. In later years, she struggled with addictions to opium and laudanum, and William acted as her main caretaker as her health deteriorated until his death in 1850. She died five years later.

About the Narrator

Jenny Agutter is an English film and television actress. She began her career as a child actor in the mid 1960s, starring in the BBC television series The Railway Children and the film adaptation of the same book. She moved on to adult roles with Walkabout, An American Werewolf in London, Logan’s Run, and Equus. Agutter is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.