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Report about Philip Aherne's Highgate Coleridge Lecture

On February 25th 2019 Dr Philip Aherne gave a talk about Coleridge's latter days in Highgate, and the spread of his influence in the United States throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dr Aherne, who teaches English at Highgate School, began with a consideration of Coleridge's biography, outlining why he moved to Highgate and explaining that the initial impetus for moving in with the Gillmans was to seek relief from his opium dependency (which the Gillmans considered to have been successful).

He then moved on to lay out the programme of education apparent in Coleridge's later works before considering his fame as a talker. Dr Aherne also examined how aphorism played a vital role in shaping Coleridge’s philosophy – a philosophy centred on a process or method of thinking as much as any particular creed.

After a brief consideration of Coleridge's intellectual relationship to Locke and Kant – and the respect for him displayed by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill – the talk was brought to a close with an assessment of how young American thinkers were very receptive to his intellectual method.

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The Coleridge Legacy: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Intellectual Legacy in Britain and America, 1834–1934
Philip Aherne
Palgrave Macmillan

This book examines the development of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s intellectual legacy in Britain and America from 1834 to 1934 by focusing on his late role as the Sage of Highgate and his programme of educating young minds who were destined for the higher professions (particularly preaching and teaching). Chapters assess his pedagogy and his late publications, his posthumous reputation, and his influence on aesthetics, theology, philosophy, politics and social reform. The book discusses a wide range of British and American intellectuals, including Thomas and Matthew Arnold, F. D. Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, Shadworth Hodgson, T. H. Green, James Marsh, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Bushnell, William James and John Dewey. It demonstrates how Coleridgean ideas were developed and distorted into something he would never have recognized as his own and emphasizes his significance as a catalyst who played a vital role in shaping the intellectual vocation of the long nineteenth century.

To purchase this book visit Amazon: or visit the Palgrave Macmillan website

Report by Drew Clode

Mary Hays

The life and works of Mary Hays (1759–1843)

Mary Hays (1759–1843) was an intellectual who published essays, poetry, novels, and several works on famous women. She is remembered for her early feminism, and her close relations to dissenting and radical thinkers of her time including Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and William Frend.

Click below to view the most complete account to date of her life and writings, including:

* A fully searchable text of all her surviving correspondence (several not previous known) presented in chronological order 

* The complete texts of all her periodical writings between 1784 and 1801, including the entirety of her memoir of Mary Wollstonecraft

* A complete text of Cursory Remarks (1792) and portions of Letters and Essays 1793) and some prefaces to her later works

* The complete texts of all known reviews and notices (approximately 45) of Hays's writings between 1792 and 1821

* The first complete and accurate transcriptions of some 90 letters from Eliza Fenwick to Mary Hays between 1798 and 1828 (these are included in the Correspondence)

And much more.


Coleridge in Calne booklet by Ian Enters

Coleridge in Calne
Ian Enters
Booklet, 32 pages, black and white printing, card covers
£5.00 plus £1.00 p&p.

The booklet describes Coleridge’s significant achievements during his stay in Calne, Wiltshire. Coleridge lived there for a comparatively short time, but this was a period of intense creativity, just as his less than three years in Nether Stowey had been.

Between 1814 and 1816 his efforts coalesced into an amazing tour de force: Biographia Literaria and Sybilline Leaves, the publication of Kubla Khan, Christabel, and The Pains of Sleep, the annotation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and the first draft of his second play, Zapolya.

Coleridge in Calne describes the almost miraculous recovery of Coleridge from a period of deep depression and drug dependency, and is an encomium to John Morgan, Mary Morgan and, her sister, Charlotte Brent, who were instrumental in his support.

To order a copy, email Ian Enters at

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Invitation to the Annual Wordsworth Lecture - Thurs 22 Nov, 6-7pm, Senate House London

The Annual Wordsworth Lecture 2018

The Wordsworth Trust and the Institute of English Studies, University of London, invite you to ‘A Daedalus for the Romantic Era? Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’

A talk by Professor Fiona Sampson

The lecture will take place on Thursday 22 November 2018,6.00-7.00pm in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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Both Frankenstein and the Daedalus myth address our fear of the exceptional individual who abuses his talents by overreaching: the maker who doesn’t know when to stop. Both create capacious archetypes, with plenty of space to explore ambivalence and even admiration alongside that fear. But Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein takes us considerably further than the composite Daedalus story: in a number of directions. Political, ethical, existential and scientific, all seem particularly pertinent to British Romantic experience of society and the self. But is it a paradox that this apparently universalisable myth could only have been written in its own time and place?

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your name and number of places to:
Hannah Stratton, Development Office, the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH.

Alternatively, telephone 015394 63520 or email

Please RSVP by Friday 16 November

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Help fund the Ottery Coleridge sculpture by acquiring this beautiful Coleridge Commemorative Coin

The Ottery St Mary Coleridge Memorial Trust and its patrons have produced a beautiful commemorative coin to mark the beginnings of a fundraising effort for the planned sculpture of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the parish churchyard.

The coin is 50mm (2 inches) in diameter and finely worked with a portrait of Coleridge in silver and aquamarine on one face and the Ancient Mariner’s ship on the other. Just 250 copies have been struck in recognition of the 250th anniversary of Coleridge’s birthday in 2022.

It is the CMT’s hope that the funding will be complete and the sculpture in place by the time the anniversary celebrations take place.

The coin comes in a protective, snap-shut plastic cover contained in a royal blue presentation case. If you’ve been looking for a timeless Ottery St Mary keepsake, or simply a unique item, this is highly collectible.

commemorative medal

To find out more and to order your coin, visit

The proposed Coleridge Sculpture

STC maquette

We appointed Nicholas Dimbleby as our sculptor, and in 2016 commissioned a maquette as a study for the final work. We plan from this a life-size figure cast in bronze that will stand on a low plinth with a bronze plaque on the front face. It will be inscribed with several lines from Coleridge’s poem ‘Frost at Midnight’ that refers to the church tower beneath which the sculpture will be situated,

‘With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birth-place, and the old church-tower,
Whose bells, the poor man’s only music, rang
From morn to evening, all the hot Fair-day’

We anticipate that the entire project will cost in the region of £100,000. The limited edition of Coleridge Commemorative Medals is a vital part of our fundraising campaign.

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