John Thelwall and the West Country: The Road to Nether Stowey Revisited

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This article presents arguments for continuities in John Thelwall’s life and career from the early 1790s through to the new century, post-1800. Thelwall’s westward migration in 1797 is explored in detail, as is the publication of his essay "The Phenomena of the Wye" in the Monthly Magazine for May and July of 1798. Consideration is given to Thelwall’s various identities, and to the political/cultural significances of England’s west country between 1797 and 1819. Thelwall’s friendship with Coleridge is assessed in the light of intractable differences between the two men.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJohn Thelwall. Critical Reassessments, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, on line at
PublisherRomantic Circles
Pagesno pagination
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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