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Percy Bysshe Shelley : Poet and Revolutionary

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Percy Shelley (1792-1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets. This biography of emphasises the political, revolutionary side of his dramatic life. Shelley has long been revered for his poems To A Skylark and The Mask of Anarchy, but this was not always the case. During his short and tragic life he was regarded with loathing as an immoral atheist and his work received damning reviews as a result.His was a story of extremes - his radical ideas were unusual as he was the son of a wealthy landowner and set to become a Whig MP. Today, a focus on his belief in sexual freedom and vegetarianism often eclipses his informed internationalist and revolutionary politics.Admired by Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy, W. B. Yeats and Karl Marx, Shelley's legacy remains with us today - his words have been used by popular movements from the Chartists and the Suffragettes to Tiananmen Square, the Poll Tax protesters and modern Greek solidarity movements.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074533461X
  • 9780745334615
  • 882,338

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'Illuminating ... [a] stimulating introduction to Shelley's life and radical politics' -- Romantic Circles 'Enjoyable' -- Peace News 'Lively, well-paced and highly readable ... packed with fascinating insights into Shelley's times' -- Counterfire 'An excellent biographical account of Shelley's political radicalism ... that brings a contemporary radical sensibility into bracing conjunction with nineteenth-century history' -- Philip Connell, Romantic Circles 'A fresh and impassioned account of the significance of Shelley's radical life and writings. A fine and highly readable achievement' -- Michael Rossington, Professor of Romantic Literature, Newcastle University 'Highly readable, this is an absorbing study of Shelley's life, thought, and writing. Jacqueline Mulhallen has written a valuable book' -- Michael O'Neill, Professor of English, Durham University 'Fresh, clear and compelling, this is the best compact account of Percy Bysshe Shelley's revolutionary life currently available' -- Nicholas Roe, Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews 'A compelling and eye-opening study. Reminds us of Shelley's robust socio-political vision, that remains as relevant and vital for our own volatile times' -- Stephen C. Behrendt; George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English, University of Nebraska 'I love reading. I'm about to start Percy Bysshe Shelley: Poet and Revolutionary by Jacqueline Mulhallen' -- Jeremy Corbyn 'Humankind needed Shelley back then, and this book reminds us of how much we need him now. It is an honest look at a truly revolutionary life' -- Benjamin Zephaniahshow more

About Jacqueline Mulhallen

Jacqueline Mulhallen wrote and performed in the plays Sylvia and Rebels and Friends. Her ground-breaking book The Theatre of Shelley (Open Book Publishers, 2010) has been internationally acclaimed. She contributed a chapter on Shelley to The Oxford Handbook to Georgian Theatre (OUP, 2014) shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize 2015.show more

Table of contents

Prologue 1. Shelley's Family Background and Education: 1792-1811 2. The Lake District, Ireland and Devon: 1811-1813 3. Tremadog, Queen Mab and the `Hermit of Marlow': 1813-18 4. Italy and Shelley's Annus Mirabilis: 1818-19 5. Satire and Drama: 1819-22 Notes Indexshow more