Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has suffered celebrity. A pair of poems and a drug habit have been enough to convince many that they knew all that was worth knowing about him. It has for too long been forgotten that he left pioneering writings in perhaps half a dozen different academic fields, and influenced by his friendship and conversation a fair proportion of those who were to define the cultural life of the Victorian age. He is becoming known again;1 it is to the credit of several pioneers that the theological community rediscovered him rather early on, and so this essay has many distinguished precursors from which to learn.2
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