Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Young Bysshe (Pocket Penguins) by Claire…

Young Bysshe (Pocket Penguins)

by Claire Tomalin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
481242,697 (3.17)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Very readable Penguin 70's book taking two chapters from a biography of Shelley. During the early period it covers, his interests were polymathically wide; it is likely that his contribution to areas apart from poetry and politics was inhibited by the paucity of teaching available in science and other subjects at early-nineteenth century Eton and Oxford - as well as by brutality at the former, and narrow-mindedness at both. He was expelled from Oxford for writing an atheist pamphlet, and was ahead of his time in many other views, such as vegetarianism, gender relations and politics. Whilst his verse took a while to achieve good quality, during his late teens and early twenties he was quite a dedicated political campaigner.

Biographies attach such subtly grave import to the actions of their subjects, and every few pages I would think "but he was just a teenager" after reading of some reckless action. Yet of course the period in which he lived never made such an excuse for anyone - and whilst he intellectually seemed to have realised the problems the social, legal and medical environment of the time created for women in non-standard relationships, his emotions led him to create famously difficult situations for his wives.

It was nice to see that there was also more to Shelley than poetry and personal melodrama, and to read of him before he met Byron. I don't want to read a whole biography, but from this, Tomalin's looks easy and interesting.

Read 26-27 May 2012. ( )
  antonomasia | Apr 4, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
3 avail.

Popular covers


Average: (3.17)
1 1
2 1
4 4

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 97,932,466 books! | Top bar: Always visible