Twenty-eight notebooks are here published in their entirety for the first time; entries dated 1827 or later from several more notebooks also appear in this volume. Following previous practice for the edition, notes appear in a companion volume.
Coleridge's intellectual interests were wide, encompassing not only literature and philosophy but the political crises of his time, scientific and medical breakthroughs, and contemporary developments in psychology, archaeology, philology, biblical criticism, and the visual arts. In these years, he met and conversed with eminent writers, scholars, scientists, churchmen, politicians, physicians, and artists. He planned a major work on Logic (still unpublished at his death), and an outline of Christian doctrine, also unfinished, though his work toward this project contributed to "On the Constitution of the Church and State (1830)" and the revised "Aids to Reflection (1831),"
The reader of these notebooks has the opportunity to see what one of the most admired minds of the English-speaking world thought on several issues--such as race and empire, science and medicine, democracy (particularly in reaction to the Reform Bills introduced in 1831 and 1832), and the authority of the Bible--when he wrote without fear of public disapprobation or controversy.
abbreviations and contractions vii general notes on each notebook xxiii Notebook 33 xxv Notebook 34 xxvi Notebook 35 xxvii Notebook 36 xxvii Notebook 37 xxviii Notebook 38 xxx Notebook 39 xxxi Notebook 40 xxxiii Notebook 41 xxxiv Notebook 42 xxxv Notebook 43 xxxvi Notebook 44 xxxvii Notebook 45 xxxviii Notebook 46 xxxix Notebook 47 xl Notebook 48 xli Notebook 49 xlii Notebook 50 xliii Notebook 51 xliv Notebook 52 xlv Notebook 53 xlvi Notebook 54 xlvii Notebook 55 xlviii Notebook 56 xlix Notebook 59 l Notebook 65 li Notebook Q lii Notebook R liv Correction to the General Note on the Folio Notebook lvi NOTES ON THE NOTEBOOKS: 1827- 1834 1 Entries 5472-6919 NOTES TO THE ADDENDA 709 The Notebook Tables 721 Indexes 745 1 Names of Persons 747 2 Selected Titles 802 3 Place-Names 810
The late Kathleen Coburn was Professor Emeritus at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. Anthony John Harding is Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.