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Women behind the Words

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Published on Nov 1, 2017

We'd like to introduce to our new project: Women behind the Words.

When studying the manuscript drafts of Wordsworth’s poetry today, we often see the words from his mind shaped on paper in Dorothy, Mary or Dora’s hand. It is hard not to wonder just how far their involvement extended: did they ever suggest another word, rephrasing of a line, movement of a stanza? It is also possible to consider how the home they built, the world they created and most importantly, their own personalities, emotions and actions shaped the words on the page. How might things have been different if these women were not in Wordsworth’s life? By exploring their manuscript journals and letters, their own words will help to build a picture of what their lives were like, and how they individually and collectively created the world in which the poems were written.

Between November 2017 and March 2018, Melissa, Assistant Curator, will be posting a series of short films exploring the manuscript letters and journals of these women, held here at the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere. Melissa will also show behind the scenes glimpses into daily life in the Jerwood Centre, the Wordsworth Trust’s library and archive, and the planning of the project’s exhibition, which will be open from 1 February 2018 to 18 March 2018.

Between November 2017 and March 2018, Melissa Mitchell, Assistant Curator at the Wordsworth Trust, will be posting a series of short films exploring the manuscript letters and journals of these women, held here at the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere. Melissa will also show behind the scenes glimpses into daily life in the Jerwood Centre, the Wordsworth Trust’s library and archive, and the planning of the project’s exhibition, which will be open from 1 February 2018 to 18 March 2018.

You can follow the project here:
https://storify.com/wordsworthtrust/w...

Website: https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html

For more information on our HLF funded project, 'Reimagining Wordsworth':
https://www.reimaginingwordsworth.org...

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