Sara Coleridge, the only daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born at Keswick, Dec. 22, 1802, died May 3,1852. She is described as the inheritor of her father's genius, and her life until her marriage was passed at Keswick in diligent study, in mountain rambles with Wordsworth, and in lending literary assistance to Southey. At the age of 19 she made an admirable English translation of Dobrizhoffer's "Account of the Abipones, an Equestrian People of Paraguay" (3 vols., 1822). In 1829 she married her cousin Henry Nelson Coleridge, and devoting herself to domestic duties, her next publication was entitled "Pretty Lessons for Little Children," which was primarily designed for her own children, but speedily passed through several editions. On the death of her father her husband was appointed his literary executor, and she assisted in editing his works; and after the death of her husband she took upon herself the whole of the important duty. She edited alone the "Aids to Reflection," "Notes on Shakespeare and the Dramatists," and "Essays on his own Times;" and the elaborate discourses on weighty matters which she affixed to these works manifest both her erudition and her critical and logical ability.
The beautiful romance of "Phantasmion" (1837) reveals also her imaginative faculty, and, though not in verse, is poetry from beginning to end. Yet in the annotations upon the writings of her father will be found the best evidence of her rare gifts and acquirements, and the chief foundation of her literary reputation. A memoir of her life, with selections from her letters, by her daughter, was published in 1873.