Sara Coleridge (23 December 1802 – 3 May 1852) was an English writer, known primarily as the editor of the works of her father, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
During Sara’s childhood, her father was seldom at home, and she lived with her mother and brothers at Robert Southey’s house. The Wordsworths were their neighbours, and Sara was friends with Dora Wordsworth.
Sara was educated at home and tutored by Southey. She learnt French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as Greek and Latin. In 1829, she married her cousin, Henry Nelson Coleridge, a London barrister. Sara suffered a number of miscarriages and only two of her children, Herbert and Edith, survived to adulthood. In 1843, when her husband died, she took up his unfinished task of editing her father’s works. Sara also made several contributions to Coleridgean studies.
She died of breast cancer in 1852.
- Pretty Lessons in Verse for Good Children; with some Lessons in Latin in Easy Rhyme (1834)
- Phantasmion, a Fairy Tale (1837)
- On Rationalism (Appendix C” of S. T. Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection, 1843)
- Introduction to the Biographia Literaria, by S. T. Coleridge (1847)
- Preface to the Essays on his Own Times, by S. T. Coleridge (1850)
- Memoirs and Letters of Sara Coleridge (completed by Sara’s daughter, and published posthumously in 1873)
- Collected Poems by Sara Coleridge, edited by Peter Swaab (2007)
Books about her
- Sara Coleridge, a Victorian Daughter: Her Life and Essays, by Bradford Keyes Mudge (1989)
- A Passionate Sisterhood: Women of the Wordsworth Circle, by Kathleen Jones (2000)
- The Literary Protégées of the Lake Poets, by Dennis Low (2007)
- The Regions of Sara Coleridge’s Thought, Peter Swaab (2012)
- The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge, by Katie Waldegrave (2013)
- Sara Coleridge : her life and thought, by Jeffrey W. Barbeau (2014)