Dorothy Wordsworth

1771 (Cockermouth, England) – 1855 (Rydal Mount)

She lived with her brother William for much of her life; de Quincey started the rumours, still current, of a possibly incestuous relationship. She contributed greatly to the creative climate of their shared household, known through her brother’s and Coleridge’s published works. Her diaries were discovered in a barn by Beatrix Potter when she bought their old home in 1931; her written comments on Lamb, Scott (whom the Wordsworths visited outside Edinburgh), Southey and other literary friends are enlightening. The Wordsworths and Coleridge met the aged Klopstock on their way to a cold and miserable winter in Germany.