Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in the tiny village of Nether Stowey in Somerset for three years. Visitors to this unassuming cottage in Lime Street included people we now think of as giants in English literature: William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt.
Written as a novel, this book explores the ways in which Coleridge’s relationships with his wife Sara and the Wordsworths shaped his work and gave us some of the most beautiful poems in the English language.
This is a story that has everything: romance, friendship, jealousy, poetry, tragedy, rivalries, even the hint of incest. A true story that has been waiting to be brought to life again…
Companion novel to Three Extraordinary years, the non-identical twin, if you will, is “The Two Saras: Coleridge in Cumbria” which covers the four years that Coleridge lived at Greta Hall, Keswick.
While either book may be read independently, you may wish to read both books.