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From 1795 to 1797, he wrote his only play, The Borderers, a verse tragedy set during the reign of King Henry III of England when Englishmen of the north country were in conflict with Scottish rovers. Wordsworth attempted to get the play staged in November 1797, but it was rejected by Thomas Harris, theatre manager of Covent Garden, who proclaimed it "impossible that the play should succeed in the representation". The rebuff was not received lightly by Wordsworth, and the play was not published until 1842, after substantial revision.
- Early life
- Relationship with Annette Vallon
- First publication and Lyrical Ballads
- The Borderers
- Germany and move to the Lake District
- Marriage and children
- Autobiographical work and Poems in Two Volumes
- The Prospectus
- The Poet Laureate and other honours
- Major works
- Further reading