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Fadem, Richard. “Dorothy Wordsworth: A View from ‘Tintern Abbey.’” The Wordsworth Circle 9, no. 1 (winter 1978): 17-32.

Focuses on the question of Wordsworth's sanity.

Lee, Edmund. Dorothy Wordsworth; the story of a sister's love. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1887, 226 p.

Provides an early discussion of Wordsworth's life.

Willy, Margaret. “Dorothy Wordsworth.” In Three Women Diarists, pp. 19-31. London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1964.

Comments on Wordsworth's life and writings.


Alexander, Meena. “Dorothy Wordsworth: The Grounds of Writing.” Women's Studies 14, no. 3 (February 1988): 195-210.

Considers the lack of a public sphere for Wordsworth as a writer.

Boden, Helen. “Matrilinear Journalising: Mary and Dorothy Wordsworth's 1829 Continental Tours and the Female Sublime.” Women's Writing 5, no. 3 (1998): 329-52.

Focuses mostly on Mary Wordsworth but also discusses Dorothy Wordsworth's contributions to the “female sublime.”

Homans, Margaret. “Dorothy Wordsworth.” In Women Writers and Poetic Identity: Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Brontë, and Emily Dickinson, pp. 41-103. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980.

Offers a close reading of Wordsworth's poems in order to illustrate challenges to women poets.

Levin, Susan M. “Romantic Prose and Feminine Romanticism.” Prose Studies 10, no. 2 (September 1987): 178-95.

Includes Wordsworth in a study of nineteenth-century women writers.

Mellin, Robert. “Dorothy Wordsworth, Ecology, and the Picturesque.” In Reading the Earth, edited by Michael P. Branch, Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson, and Scott Slovic, pp. 67-78. Moscow, Idaho: University of Idaho Press, 1998.

Suggests that Wordsworth anticipates the environmental writers of the late twentieth century.

Soderholm, James. “Dorothy Wordsworth's Return to Tintern Abbey.” New Literary History 26, no. 2 (spring 1995): 309-22.

Discusses the relationship between Dorothy Wordsworth's poem “Thoughts on my sick bed” and William Wordsworth's “Tintern Abbey.”

Willinsky, John. “Lessons from the Wordsworths and the Domestic Scene of Writing.” In The Educational Legacy of Romanticism, edited by John Willinsky, pp. 33-53. Waterloo, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990.

Considers the Wordsworths' significant impact on the New Literacy of the late twentieth century.

Woof, Pamela. “Dorothy Wordsworth, Writer.” The Wordsworth Circle 17, no. 2 (spring 1986): 95-110.

Contemplates Wordsworth's erudition and intelligence as a writer.

———. “Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journals: Readings in a Familiar Text.” The Wordsworth Circle 20, no. 1 (winter 1989): 37-42.

Addresses some textual and historical limitations of previous editorial commentators.

———. “Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Lamb, Writers.” Charles Lamb Bulletin, nos. 66-67 (April-June 1989): 41-53; 82-93.

Compares the two authors as writers and sisters to more famous brothers.

———. “Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journals: The Patterns and Pressures of Composition.” In Romantic Revisions, edited by Robert Brinkley and Keith Hanley, pp. 169-90. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Reflects on the pressures of time and circumstance, “and the more elusive influences of word and memory,” on the journals.

———. “The Alfoxden Journal and Its Mysteries.” The Wordsworth Circle 26, no. 3 (summer 1995): 125-33.

Appreciates the journal's editorial, textual, and stylistic characteristics.

———. “Dorothy Wordsworth in 1802.” Charles Lamb Bulletin, n.s., no. 101 (January 1998): 2-17.

Explores Wordsworth as a mature writer.

———. “The Interesting in Dorothy Wordsworth's Alfoxden Journal.The Wordsworth Circle 31, no. 1 (winter 2000): 48-55.

Discusses the patterns of observation in Wordsworth's Alfoxden Journal.

Additional coverage of Wordsworth's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 107; Literature Resource Center; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 25.

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