Congratulations to Professor Daniel Robinson on the publication of his new book, Myself and Some Other Being: Wordsworth and the Life Writing, just out from University of Iowa Press. The book appears in “Muse Books: The Iowa Series in Creativity and Writing,” alongside works on Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, and William and Henry James.
Myself and Some Other Being marks another accomplishment in Professor Robinson’s career as a scholar of Romantic-period poetry, particularly the work of Wordsworth, but it also gave him an opportunity to write about the creative process–something he knows something about as the lead singer/songwriter/bassist of the band Milton and the Devils Party. (In fact, the band will be playing a show at The Fire in Philadelphia on March 18!)
Professor Robinson’s book is already receiving high praise from readers. Nicholas Roe, author of an acclaimed biography of Keats, says:
Daniel Robinson has given us a wonderful, multifaceted new account of how “writing life” shaped Wordsworth’s odyssey of his own mind in The Prelude. Brisk, incisive, and accessible, this book carries us to the heart of Wordsworth’s autobiographical epic to reveal the hard Wordsworthian task of “writing the self.”
Featuring lovely cover art by painter and fellow Romanticist Jason Goldsmith, Myself and Some Other Being is a deeply personal work, revealing new facets of Wordsworth’s poetry and artistic process, his failures and moments of discovery and transcendence. It truly illuminates what it means, as Robinson says, “to understand the life writing as part of beginning the writing life.”