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23 March 2024

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All Before Me: A Search For Belonging in Wordsworth’s Lake District Esther Rutter

Granta, pp.336, 16.99

William Wordsworth’s life is the foundational version of the nature cure. After a disrupted, troubled childhood, sent to live with unsympathetic relations after his mother’s death, a chaotically disaffected time at Cambridge and a muddled youth, fathering a child on a woman he loved but scarcely knew in France, Wordsworth refused all his family’s urgings to a nice career in the church or the law.

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