A Voyage in Vain: Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804

A Voyage in Vain Coleridge s Journey to Malta in In the spring of Coleridge sailed to the Mediterranean in the hope of restoring his health recreating his poetic energies and solving his emotional problems During the voyage he kept a very de

  • Title: A Voyage in Vain: Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804
  • Author: Alethea Hayter
  • ISBN: 9780860721598
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the spring of 1804, Coleridge sailed to the Mediterranean in the hope of restoring his health, recreating his poetic energies and solving his emotional problems During the voyage, he kept a very detailed diary, and from this and from his and his friends letters Alethea Hayter has painted a close up portrait of Coleridge both the outer and the inner man at a comparIn the spring of 1804, Coleridge sailed to the Mediterranean in the hope of restoring his health, recreating his poetic energies and solving his emotional problems During the voyage, he kept a very detailed diary, and from this and from his and his friends letters Alethea Hayter has painted a close up portrait of Coleridge both the outer and the inner man at a comparatively little studied moment of his life, but a pivotal one It was also an increasingly critical period in the Napoleonic War, and the movements of warships and convoys in the Mediterranean, and the problems of Nelson personal as well as strategic, and in some ways parallel to Coleridge s are interwoven with the narrative Sara Hutchinson, the Wordsworths, Southey, the Lambs and Coleridge s other friends at home are also shown going about their affairs amid their anxieties about him during the six weeks while he travelled through storm and calm to reach an intellectual and emotional destination which was not the one he set out for As those readers already familiar with Alethea Hayter s work would expect, A Voyage in Vain combines the pleasures of thoroughly researched biography, and criticism and social history, with the narrative sweep of a novel.

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    About "Alethea Hayter"

    1. Alethea Hayter

      Hayter was the daughter of Sir William Goodenough Hayter, a legal adviser to the Egyptian government, and his wife, Alethea Slessor, daughter of a Hampshire rector Her brother, another Sir William Goodenough Hayter, went on to become British ambassador to the Soviet Union and Warden of New College, Oxford, while her sister Priscilla Napier was a biographer.Hayter spent her early years in Cairo, Egypt, in the years before the First World War, where the three Hayter children were well taught by a governess The children s lives changed dramatically when their father died, still in his fifties, and they returned to England in reduced circumstances Alethea Hayter was only twelve years old Her sister Priscilla later described their happy childhood in Cairo in her memoir A Late Beginner 1966 The three all won scholarships for their higher education Hayter was educated at Downe House School, in Berkshire, then under the headship of its founder Olive Willis, and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she arrived in 1929 and went on to graduate BA in modern history Of her time at Oxford, Hayter later wrote We were conventional and innocent, though we considered ourselves pioneering and revolutionary not in politics, we were not much interested in them, but in our preferences in literature, the arts, social values In our Oxford days, none of us could have boiled a potato, let alone made a souffl , or would have known an azalea from a stinging nettle She never married.Following her years at Oxford, Hayter was on the editorial staff of Country Life until 1938 During the Second World War she worked in postal censorship in London, Gibraltar, Bermuda, and Trinidad.In 1945, she joined the British Council, and in 1952 was posted to Greece as an assistant Representative In 1960, she went to Paris as Deputy Representative and assistant cultural attach , and her apartment on the le Saint Louis became a meeting place for writers and artists Her last British Council posting was as Representative to Belgium, and she retired in 1971.She was a member of the governing bodies of the Old Vic and the Sadler s Wells Theatre and of the management committee of the Society of Authors.

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    1. The Romantic poets and the Napoleonic Wars, 12 January 2016This review is from: A Voyage in Vain: Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 (Paperback)Covering six weeks in 1804 when the poet Samuel Taylor-Coleridge embarked on a voyage to Malta for the sake of his health (plus his other issues: "terrifying intermissions of poetic impulse, the raw decay of his marriage, unfulfilled love for another woman, unacknowledged servitude to opium.")Referring to his diaries and letters, Alethea Hayter gives a [...]


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