Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: But Professor [Norman] Fruman presented a far

longer list of transgressions than had previously been documented, leading him to theorize that [Samuel Taylor] Coleridge (1772-1834) had essentially been a liar and a pathological plagiarist who needn't have stooped to thievery to achieve greatness but who couldn't help himself. In Coleridge's accounts of his verse writing, the poet often claimed, for example, that a poem had been written in a burst of inspiration or in a single sitting, but Professor Fruman found evidence in letters indicating otherwise.

from New York Times: Norman Fruman, a Scholar of Coleridge, Dies at 88


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