Wordsworth and Coleridge
In Bristol in 1798 a revolutionary book was published, Lyrical Ballads. It altered the landscape of English writing. From 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' through to 'Tintern Abbey', the poems were extraordinary -- head-spinning, provocative, and moving. Though the book appeared anonymously, the identity of the authors soon emerged: William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They had been living in Bristol and the south-west while the book was written, sometimes at Clevedon, for a while in the Quantocks. This layer connects a key work of English literature to the city and the region which produced it.