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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(1772 - 1834)

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1772 Born 21 October, Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire
1775 Begins attending Dame Key's Reading School
1778 Attends Henry VIII Free Grammar School in Ottery
1781 Father dies
1782 At Christ's Hospital, London (charity boarding school which still exists today) until 1791
1791 Enters Jesus College, Cambridge
1793 "Reign of Terror" begins, Coleridge enlists in 15th Light Dragoons as Silas Tomkyn Comberbache
1794 Discharged, returns to Cambridge
1794 First poems published in Morning Chronicle
1794 Leaves Cambridge without degree, tours Wales
1794 Publishes drama The Fall of Robespierre with Southey
1795 Marries Sara Fricker 4 October, they move to Clevedon, Somerset
1796 Coleridge and family move to Nether Stowey
1796 Produces The Watchman, Poems on Various Subjects published
1797 Poems, Second Edition published
1797 Engaged by Morning Post
1798 Lyrical Ballads published anonymously
1798 Travels to Germany to study language & philosophy, at University of Göttingen in 1799
1798 Unitarian sermons at Shrewsbury
1800 Coleridge and family move to Greta Hall, Keswick
1801 Prolonged illnesses (rheumatic fever), may be the beginning of his eventual addiction to opium
1802 Poems published
1803 Tours Scotland with William & Dorothy Wordsworth
1804 Appointed under-secretary to British High Commissioner of Malta
1804 Travels to Malta and Mediterranean in an attempt to regain health and kick opium
1805 Appointed Acting Public Secretary in Malta
1805 Leaves Malta; tours Syracuse, Naples, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Leghorn; returns to England
1808 Begins first lecture series on poetry and principles of taste, Royal Institution
1809 Produces The Friend, political/philosophical periodical until 1810
1811 Writes for Courier
1814 Under the care of Dr. Daniel for opium addiction & suicidal depression
1815 Biographia Literaria published
1824 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, receives annuity
1828 Publishes Poetical Works (3 volumes) and Work without Hope
1828 Tours Netherlands and Rhine with William & Dora Wordsworth
1834 Dies 25 July
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