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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan … turn 200

christabel tpIn May of 1816, two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s most famous poems were published in London. Christabel and Kubla Khan – both unfinished fragments – were originally written around 1797. Coleridge had abandoned both poems, but fellow poet Lord Byron convinced him to publish them. The two poems appeared with a third, The Pains of Sleep.

Kubla Khan and Christabel, though panned by early critics, are some of Coleridge’s most admired and oft-studied works today. Special Collections owns the first American edition of the Christabel collection, which was published in Boston later in 1816. 

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