The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...indeed," wrote the reviewer, "a man like Mr. Shelley may cheat himself with the imagined loftiness and independence of his theory, and it is easy to invent a thousand sophisms to reconcile his conscience to the impurity of his practice: but this lasts only long enough to lead him on beyond the power of ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 Excerpt: ...indeed," wrote the reviewer, "a man like Mr. Shelley may cheat himself with the imagined loftiness and independence of his theory, and it is easy to invent a thousand sophisms to reconcile his conscience to the impurity of his practice: but this lasts only long enough to lead him on beyond the power of return; he ceases to be the dupe, but with desperate malignity he becomes the deceiver of others. Like the Egyptian of old, the wheels of his chariot are broken, the path of 'mighty waters' closes in upon him behind, and a still deepening ocean is before him:--for a short time are seen his impotent struggles against a resistless power, his blasphemous execrations are heard, his despair but poorly assumes the tone of triumph and defiance, and he calls ineffectually on others to follow him to the same ruin--finally he sinks 'like lead' to the bottom and is forgotten. So it is now in part, so shortly will it be entirely with Mr. Shelley." And the writer went on to say that if he might withdraw the veil of private life, and show the true character of the author of " The Revolt of Islam," it would be indeed a disgusting picture which should be disclosed. At Leghorn, Shelley had no opportunity of seeing the Quarterly. In Florence, at Delesert's readingroom, it was taken among other journals and magazines; and there, on one of the early days of October, a friend of Medwin's, Lord Dillon, observed a young man bent very earnestly over the Review; it was Shelley. When he came to the final page, which contains the parallel between himself and the Egyptian king, he "burst into a convulsive laughter, closed the book with an hysteric laugh, and hastily left the room, his Ha! ha's ringing down the stairs." Med win," Life of Shelley,&q...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150186417
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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