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Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself

by Ann Wroe

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This woman is a gorgeous writer, pushing the bounds of biography in her obits for The Economist and in books like these. She's enraptured by Shelley's words, spirit and soul yet clear-eyed about his frailties and flaws. A creative and cool book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375424938, Hardcover)

From Ann Wroe--author of highly and widely praised Pontius Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man--comes another singularly iconoclastic achievement: a book about Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the greatest poets in the Western tradition, that is concerned at once with the making of poetry and the transforming power of it. Extraordinary for its elegance of style and complete immersion in Shelley’s work, Being Shelley aims to turn the poet’s life inside out: rather than tracing the events of a life in which poetry erupts occasionally, it tracks the inner journey of a spirit struggling to escape and create.

In her own quest to understand Shelley, Ann Wroe takes up the questions that consume the poet himself: Who, or what, was he? What was his purpose? Where had he come from? And where was he going? By answering those questions, Shelley sought to free and empower not only himself, but the entire human race. His revolution would shatter the Earth’s illusions, shock men and women with new visions, find true love and liberty--and take everyone with him.

Now, for the first time, this passionate and radical quest is put at the center of Shelley’s life. The result is a Shelley who has never been seen in biography before.

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Economist editor and biographer Wroe gives us a book about one of the greatest poets in the Western tradition, that is concerned at once with the making of poetry and the transforming power of it. With elegance of style and immersion in Shelley's work, this book aims to turn the poet's life inside out: rather than tracing the events of a life in which poetry erupts occasionally, it tracks the inner journey of a spirit struggling to escape and create. In her own quest to understand Shelley, Wroe takes up the questions that consume the poet himself: Who, or what, was he? What was his purpose? Where had he come from? And where was he going? By answering those questions, Shelley sought to free and empower not only himself, but the entire human race.--From publisher description.… (more)

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