File Name Sands1984
Call Number PR 5884 S26 1984
Title Portrait of the Wordsworth Country
Short Title Portrait Wordsworth Country
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Dedication Printed: "For Jason, Claire, Ailsa and Iona / The Child is the father of the Man; / And I could wish my days to be / Bound to each by natural piety." Handwritten in ballpoint pen: “To John, wishing you happy Wordsworth wanderings! Best wishes, Ron Sands”.
Imprint London: Robert Hale. Photoset by Rowland Typesetting Ltd. Great Britain: St Edmundsbury Press, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Bound by Hunter and Foulis Ltd, 1984.
Edition 1
Publication Date 1984
Pages 207
SFU Catalogue Original Bibliography 207 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Bibliographic Notes In addition to the dedication, one of the title pages is signed “Ronald Sands”.
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Portrait of the Wordsworth Country traces the relationship between Cumberland and the Wordsworths in an effort to explain the role of geography in their writing. Author Ronald Sands follows Wordsworth from Penrish to Awseshead, Dove Cottage in Grasmere, calling the area from Cockermouth to Ulverstone “Wordsworthshire.” Numerous black-and-white photographs accompany the written text, displaying buildings and scenes associated with Wordsworth’s life. The summary on the book’s jacket claims that it will be relevant to popular and scholarly audiences, but the tone of the writing is more celebratory than critical. In place of rigorous history, Sands builds up the mythology of Wordsworthshire. Drawing on Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes, he suggests that retracing Wordsworth’s footsteps will allow modern travelers to experience a more authentic version of the Lake District. The SFU LDC copy is in excellent condition, bound in blue cloth and wrapped in a laminated paper jacket. The title page bears the author’s signature, along with a handwritten dedication: “To John, Wishing you Happy Wordsworth Wanderings!”

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