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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

Author of The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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About the Author

Born in Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, Shelley was educated at Syon House Academy and Eton, where he acquired the sobriquet "Mad Shelley" for his independent spirit. While at Eton he published Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. Expelled from Oxford because he refused to retract his atheistic show more beliefs, Shelley quarreled with his wealthy father and was banished from home. Shelley married impulsively and then abandoned his young wife to run off to Italy with the 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the daughter of the radical feminist and the anarchist philosopher, who was eventually to write Frankenstein). While in Italy, Shelley became close friends with Byron, and the two became objects of endless, notorious rumor. Shelley's personal character was revered by almost everyone who knew him. Extremely generous toward others, frugal with himself, he strove tirelessly for the betterment of humanity. Prometheus Unbound (1820), a lyrical drama in four acts, calls for the regeneration of society through love and for the destruction of all repressive institutions. The Cenci (1819), a verse drama based on real events, is one of the few plays from the romantic period still produced. Shelley's lyrics are marvelously varied and rich in sound and rhythm. Wordsworth regarded him as the best artist among living poets.Adonais (1821), written to honor the memory of John Keats, is one of the supreme elegies in English.The Triumph of Life, which was left incomplete at his death, has been hailed by T. S. Eliot as the nearest approach in English to Dante (see Vol. 2). The "Ode to the West Wind" and "To a Skylark" are anthologized everywhere. Shelley's early death by drowning ended his career just as it was coming into full flower. A revolutionary in his art and life, Shelley is considered by many to be an inspired polemicist and poetic genius. As one of his contemporaries wrote in Etonian (1821), "He is one of the many whom we cannot read without wonder, or without pain. . . ." (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1919) 700 copies, 8 reviews
The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1844) 361 copies, 2 reviews
Complete Poems of Keats and Shelley (1817) 329 copies, 1 review
Poems of Byron, Keats, and Shelley (1966) 300 copies, 2 reviews
Prometheus Unbound (1820) 172 copies, 5 reviews
Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1904) 128 copies, 1 review
The Cenci, a tragedy in five acts (1819) 103 copies, 3 reviews
Ozymandias (1999) 89 copies
Selected Poems (1913) 77 copies
Zastrozzi and St. Irvyne (1986) 70 copies, 1 review
Zastrozzi (1810) 64 copies, 2 reviews
Collected Poems (2008) 60 copies
Adonais (1984) 42 copies, 4 reviews
Shelley (1962) 35 copies
The Works of P. B. Shelley (1951) 33 copies
Poesie (1925) 32 copies
The Poems of P.B. Shelley (1971) 30 copies
The Poetry of Percy Shelley (2018) 28 copies
Shelley: Poetical Works (1970) 22 copies
To a Sky-lark (Phoenix 60p paperbacks) (1996) 19 copies, 1 review
The sensitive plant (1898) 19 copies, 1 review
Poems and Lyrics (1934) 19 copies
Queen Mab (1990) 17 copies, 2 reviews
The Mask of Anarchy (1973) 17 copies
Shelley: Poems 16 copies
Ode to the West Wind (1992) 16 copies
No despertéis a la serpiente (1997) 14 copies, 1 review
Selected Poems (Classics S) (1954) 12 copies
Essays and Letters (1887) 12 copies
Rosalind And Helen (1975) 10 copies
Epipsychidion (1821) 10 copies
The Revolt Of Islam (1818) 9 copies, 1 review
The Witch of Atlas (2008) 8 copies, 1 review
Poems (Endymion series) (1979) 8 copies
S.T. Irvine O El Rosacruz (2002) 8 copies, 1 review
Hellas - A Lyrical Drama (1975) 8 copies
Love's Philosophy (First Poems) (1992) 8 copies, 1 review
Alastor or the Spirit of Solitude (1995) 7 copies, 1 review
Fantasmagoriana {Byron, et al.} (1998) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Daemon of the World (2009) 6 copies
Peter Bell the Third (2004) 6 copies, 1 review
Opere (1995) 6 copies
LYRICS AND SHORTER POEMS (1907) 5 copies
Defesa da poesia (2001) 5 copies
Mont Blanc (1996) 5 copies
Prometeo slegato (1997) 4 copies
Shelley in Italy; (2021) 4 copies
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1998) 4 copies
Poemas de convivencia (2019) 4 copies
Great Poets : Shelley (2008) 4 copies, 1 review
La difesa della poesia (2008) 3 copies
Shelley versei (1992) 3 copies
Selected Poems (Classics) (1954) 3 copies
Der entfesselte Prometheus (1820) — Author — 3 copies
Dichtungen (2018) — Author — 3 copies
Poetry of Shelley (1996) 3 copies
Poems 2 copies
Saggio sul diavolo (2013) 2 copies
To a Skylark [poem] 2 copies, 1 review
Opere poetiche (2018) 2 copies
The Triumph of Life (2015) 2 copies
Ensayos Escogidos (2013) 2 copies, 1 review
Julian And Maddalo A Conversation (2004) 2 copies, 1 review
Poems 2 copies
Poesia 2 copies
Selected Lyrics 2 copies
Poems of Keats & Shelley (1820) 2 copies
De l'amour (1991) 2 copies
Lyrika 2 copies
El triunfo de la vida (2022) 2 copies
The Reader's Shelley (1942) 2 copies
Poèmes (1970) 2 copies
England in 1819 2 copies, 1 review
Luuletusi 2 copies
Shelley's Works 2 copies
Shelley's Critical Prose (1967) 2 copies
Prose Works (2017) 1 copy
Shelly 1 copy
Poems 1 copy
Selections from Poems (2003) 1 copy
Poems of 1 copy
The Poems of Shelley (1961) 1 copy
Shelley and Keats (1925) 1 copy
Poetical Works (1910) 1 copy
The Assassins (2011) 1 copy
Flowers of Fancy (1891) 1 copy
Early Poems (1888) 1 copy
Triunfo da Vida, O (2001) 1 copy
Shelley Day by Day; (2016) 1 copy
Άδωνις 1 copy
Valik lüürikat (1998) 1 copy
Shelley - A Selection (2009) 1 copy
POESIE 1991 (1900) 1 copy
In difesa della poesia (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

Frankenstein (1818) — Collaborator, some editions — 43,339 copies, 713 reviews
The Symposium (0360) — Translator, some editions — 6,624 copies, 70 reviews
One Hundred and One Famous Poems (1916) — Contributor, some editions — 1,973 copies, 18 reviews
Ape and Essence (1948) — Contributor, some editions — 1,343 copies, 17 reviews
The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,279 copies, 9 reviews
The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Robert Frost (2004) — Contributor — 1,068 copies, 3 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 937 copies, 7 reviews
The Nation's Favourite Poems (1996) — some editions — 628 copies, 7 reviews
English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (1996) — Contributor — 580 copies, 4 reviews
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Contributor — 555 copies, 11 reviews
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (1961) — Contributor — 527 copies, 4 reviews
English Poetry, Volume II: From Collins to Fitzgerald (1910) — Contributor — 515 copies, 1 review
English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (1909) — Contributor — 485 copies, 2 reviews
The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature, Volumes 1-2 (1955) — Contributor — 466 copies, 4 reviews
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contributor — 452 copies, 1 review
Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 403 copies, 1 review
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (1992) — Contributor — 394 copies, 3 reviews
Literature: The Human Experience (2006) — Contributor — 342 copies
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contributor — 224 copies
Ion (0380) — Translator, some editions — 193 copies, 3 reviews
Atheism: A Reader (2000) — Contributor — 185 copies, 3 reviews
Best Remembered Poems (1992) — Contributor — 159 copies, 3 reviews
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contributor — 141 copies, 1 review
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 137 copies, 4 reviews
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (1954) — Contributor — 122 copies, 1 review
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 115 copies, 1 review
Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (2020) — Contributor — 96 copies, 32 reviews
Byron's Poetry and Prose [Norton Critical Edition] (2009) — Contributor — 95 copies, 1 review
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 73 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contributor — 45 copies, 2 reviews
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies, 1 review
The Essential Poetry Collection (2020) — Contributor, some editions — 33 copies
Gothic [1986 film] (1986) — Original story — 32 copies
Poetas románticos ingleses (1989) 29 copies, 1 review
The Lakeland Poets: An Illustrated Collection (1991) — Contributor — 29 copies
Five Great English Romantic Poets (Dover Thrift) (1993) — some editions — 24 copies
Fairy Poems (2023) — Contributor — 18 copies
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contributor — 17 copies
Great Writers and Poets in Ten Volumes (2007) — Author — 13 copies
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Contributor — 11 copies
Sunlight on the River: Poems About Paintings, Paintings About Poems (2015) — Contributor — 10 copies, 2 reviews
Englische Essays aus drei Jahrhunderten (1980) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Poetry of Snowdonia (1989) — Contributor — 8 copies
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Contributor — 8 copies
Poetry anthology (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 6 copies
Suspense: A Treasury for Young Adults (1966) — Contributor — 6 copies
19. Jahrhundert 1. Romantik (1983) — Contributor — 5 copies
La poesía inglesa románticos y victorianos — Contributor — 4 copies, 1 review
English Romantic Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Legal name
Shelley, Percy Bysshe
Birthdate
1792-08-04
Date of death
1822-07-08
Burial location
Protestant Cemetery, Rome, Italy
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Horsham, Sussex, England, UK
Place of death
Lerici, Sardinia, Italy
Cause of death
Drowned
Places of residence
Field Place, Sussex, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Casa Magni, Bay of Spezia, Italy
Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Education
Sion House School, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
Eton College
Oxford University (University College)
Occupations
poet
essayist
Relationships
Shelley, Mary (wife)
Wurdemann, Audrey (great-great-granddaughter)
Hunt, Leigh (friend)
Wollstonecraft, Mary (mother-in-law)
Godwin, William (father-in-law)
Byron, Lord (friend) (show all 7)
Clairmont, Claire (sister-in-law)
Short biography
Percy Bysshe Shelley was born near Horsham, Sussex, England to an aristocratic family. The eldest of six siblings, he was the heir to his grandfather’s considerable estates and his father's seat in Parliament. He attended Syon House Academy and Eton College (where he was miserable) before a brief spell at Oxford University. His first publication was Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. With his sister Elizabeth, he published Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire. A pamphlet that he wrote and circulated on "The Necessity of Atheism" resulted in his expulsion from Oxford. At age 19, he eloped to Scotland with 16-year-old Harriet Westbrook. Estranged from his father, he went to live in the Lake District of England and in Ireland. Two years later he published his first long serious work, Queen Mab: A Philosophical Poem. His friendship with the philosopher William Godwin in London led to meeting and falling in love with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, his daughter. In 1814, Shelley and Mary eloped to Europe, but they returned after six weeks for lack of funds. They married in 1816 after Harriet Shelley was found drowned, an apparent suicide. Early in 1818, he and Mary left England forever. During the remaining four years of his life, he produced all his major works, including Prometheus Unbound (1820). Today he is considered one of the finest lyric poets in the English language. The Shelleys traveled and lived in various Italian cities and were part of a circle of Romantic poets and writers including Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt. In 1822, less than a month before his 30th birthday, Shelley was drowned in a storm while trying to sail his schooner from Livorno (Leghorn) to La Spezia, Italy. He was cremated and his ashes buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.

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Prometheus Bounds was extraordinary. Prometheus Unbound, 3.5? Very good but dragged on a bit, I could have done without most of Act IV
 
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diveteamzissou | 1 other review | May 6, 2024 |
First: The edition is a little rough; paging is broken up by what appears to the the original print pagination; there are also a few minor typographical errors, but nothing (that seems) to change the intended meaning.

On arguments are nothing new to a modern reader on religion and atheism, but it is worthwhile to read to see a historical snapshot in the evolution of such ideas.
 
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dcunning11235 | 3 other reviews | Aug 12, 2023 |
 
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susangeib | Aug 1, 2023 |
I think this is now my favorite poem/book. I don't think it's the greatest in English, but definitely my favorite.
 
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Kenneth Neill Cameron Editor, Contributor
M. H. Abrams Contributor
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Charles H. Vivian Contributor
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Richard Holmes Editor, Introduction
Simon Brett Cover designer
Paul Foot Editor
Johan Jansen Composer, Translator
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Adriana Goedhart Illustrator
Gerlof Janzen Introduction, Translator
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ISBNs
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