Shelley Memorials from Authentic Sources

Shelley Memorials from Authentic Sources

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...most contemptible of all lives is when you live in the world, and none of your passions or affections are called into action. I am convinced I could not live thus; and, as Sterne says that irr solitude he would worship a tree, --so, in the world, I should attach myself to those who bore the semblance of those qualities which I admire. But it is not this that I want. Let me love the trees, the skies, and the ocean, and that all-encompassing Spirit of which I may soon become a part. Let me, in my fellow-creature, love that which is, and not fix my affection on a fair form endued with imaginary attributes. Where goodness, kindness, and talent are, let me love and admire them at their just rate, neither adding nor diminishing; and, above all, let me fearlessly descend into the remotest caverns of my own mind, carry the torch of self-knowledge into its dimmest recesses--but too happy if I dislodge any evil spirit, or enshrine a new deity in some hitherto uninhabited nook." An amusing anecdote is related by Mrs. Shelley in a letter to Mrs. Gisborne, dated March 7th. "So," she exclaims, "H. is shocked that, for good neighbourhood's sake, I visited the piano di sotto. Let him reassure himself: instead of a weekly, it was only a monthly, visit. In fact, after going three times, I stayed. away. He preached against Atheism, and, they said, against Shelley. As he invited me himself to come, this appeared to me very impertinent: so I wrote to him, to ask him whether he intended any personal allusion. He denied the charge most entirely. This affair, as you may guess, among the English at Pisa made a great noise. Gossip here is of course out of all bounds. Some people have given them something to talk about. I have seen little of more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236989376
  • 9781236989376