The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

1st Edition

By Anna Mercer


224 pages

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Hardback: 9780367277956
pub: 2019-06-27
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How did Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, two of the most iconic and celebrated authors of the Romantic Period, contribute to each other’s achievements? This book is the first to dedicate a full-length study to exploring the nature of the Shelleys’ literary relationship in depth. It offers new insights into the works of these talented individuals who were bound together by their personal romance and shared commitment to a literary career. Most innovatively, the book describes how Mary Shelley contributed significantly to Percy Shelley’s writing, whilst also discussing Percy’s involvement in her work.

A reappraisal of original manuscripts reveals the Shelleys as a remarkable literary couple, participants in a reciprocal and creative exchange. Hand-written evidence shows Mary adding to Percy’s work in draft and vice-versa. A focus on the Shelleys’ texts – set in the context of their lives and especially their travels – is used to explain how they enabled one another to accomplish a quality of work which they might never have achieved alone. Illustrated with reproductions from their notebooks and drafts, this volume brings Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley to the forefront of emerging scholarship on collaborative literary relationships and the social nature of creativity.

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About the Author

Dr. Anna Mercer has a PhD in English Literature from the University of York. She has also studied at Jesus College, University of Cambridge and the University of Liverpool. She has published essays in The Keats-Shelley Review and The Coleridge Bulletin, and has also written and edited several blogs on Romanticism (including for the British Association for Romantic Studies and the Keats-Shelley Association of America). She won the runner-up Keats-Shelley Essay Prize in 2015. Anna currently teaches English Literature at Cardiff University and works at Keats House Museum. This is her first monograph.

About the Series

Routledge New Textual Studies in Literature

This series seeks to shift the priorities of existing scholarship on literature written in English, producing ground-breaking studies using archives, manuscripts, papers, collections, digital and facsimile collections, and all forms of primary texts and material. It will capitalize on the opportunity represented by the unprecedented wealth of primary materials now available to scholars working across this broad period. Amongst other things, the outputs in this series will:

  • Reappraise canonical authors or movements in relation to new or overlooked archival evidence, asking how the canon might look different in light of this
  • Re-evaluate a well-known genre, movement, or idea through attention to a wide range of texts or primary material
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  • Focus on manuscripts, letters, personal papers, or ephemera to challenge and reshape existing scholarship
  • Articulate new and fresh methodological approaches to archival, digital-archival, or textual material

Books in this series will transform our understanding of the canon or of standard narratives of literary and cultural history by drawing upon primary materials, especially those that are rare, manuscript, out-of-print, ignored, commonly overlooked, or newly available.

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