Offering an integrative perspective on Wordsworth (1770-1850), Mahoney (Boston College) traces the father of British Romanticism across his lengthy, productive lifespan with all of its developmental continuities and quirks. The author traces this creative path through such stages as "becoming a poet: education and early poems," "the deepening of a poetic vocation: revolution and response," and "the post-1810 Wordsworth: the maturing of a poetic life." Perhaps Wordsworth himself has the definitive observation on his career: "But let it not be forgotten, that I still retained My first creative sensibility ..." ( Prelude , 1850). Paper edition (unseen), $17.00. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.