Kathleen Coburn, born in Canada in 1905, was the daughter of a Methodist minister. She spent all her academic life at Victoria College
in the University of Toronto, becoming Professor in the English Department in 1953. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Canada (1957), Honorary Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford (1970), Officer of the Order of Canada (1974), and Hon.D.Litt. of Cambridge
University (1975), in recognition of her intense and fruitful involvement with the works of STC. She was editor of his Notebooks (1957-90), providing footnotes and commentary; his Philosophical
Lectures (1949); the Letters of Sara Hutchinson (1954), whom Coleridge loved; and delivered the Alexander Lectures published as
Experience with thought: perspectives in the Coleridge notebooks (1979).