Sara Coleridge pp 129-148 | Cite as


Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)


Sara’s frustration with Tractarianism grew with each passing day. When she published her “Introduction” to Biographia Literaria (1847), she refused to limit her comments to her father’s plagiarisms alone. Instead, Sara developed ideas that she first expressed in On Rationalism (1843). She not only defended her father’s reputation and traced his plagiarisms, but also explained the implications of his religious philosophy against Tractarians who either likened his ideas to German skepticism or co-opted his writings for the promotion of Anglo-Catholic doctrine. Sara portrayed her father as heir to the German Reformation and one who walked a middle way between the heroic Reformer Martin Luther and the towering philosopher Immanuel Kant.


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