First published in 1909, with a second edition in 1923, this concise and easily accessible overview of Shelley’s life and work presents the poet not as popular legend would have it, but in a more objective light. A.Clutton-Brock notes his forthright and imperious attitude to life – a life in which Shelley found himself increasingly unhappy – and critically examines many facets of his artistic career which are often overlooked or misrepresented.
1. Childhood and Boyhood 2. Oxford 3. Shelley’s First Marriage 4. "Queen Mab" 5. The Break with Harriet 6. "Alastor" 7. The Swiss Tour and the Death of Harriet 8. "The Revolt of Islam" and Other Works 9. The Departure to Italy 10. "Prometheus Unbound" and "The Cenci" 11. "The Witch of Atlas" and "Epipsychidion" 12. "The Defence of Poetry" and Shelley’s Aesthetics 13. "Adonais" and "Hellas" 14. The Last Death; Conclusion; Index
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