Shelley: The Pursuit

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Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes -- the finest literary biographer of our day -- made his name. Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Holmes projects a startling image of "a darker and more earthly, crueler and more capable figure." Expelled from college, disowned by his aristocratic father, driven from England, Shelley led a life marked from its beginning to its early end by a violent rejection of society; he embraced ...
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Overview

Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes -- the finest literary biographer of our day -- made his name. Dispensing with the long-established Victorian picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Holmes projects a startling image of "a darker and more earthly, crueler and more capable figure." Expelled from college, disowned by his aristocratic father, driven from England, Shelley led a life marked from its beginning to its early end by a violent rejection of society; he embraced rebellion and disgrace without thought of the cost to himself or to others. Here we have the real Shelley -- radical agitator, atheist, apostle of free love, but above all a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator, whose life and work have proved an essential inspiration to poets as varied as W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590170373
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Introduction
  • Pages: 830
  • Sales rank: 655,844
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Introduction
1 A Fire-Raiser 1
2 Oxford: 1810-11 37
3 Wales and Limbo: 1810 61
4 Harriet Westbrook 84
5 Irish Revolutionaries: 1812 117
6 A Radical Commune 133
7 The Tan-yr-allt Affair 163
8 One Dark Night 178
9 A Poem and a Wife: Queen Mab 1813 199
10 Three for the Road: Europe 1814 235
11 Bad Dreams: Kentish Town 1814 250
12 Up the River; Bishopsgate 1815 286
13 The Byron Summer: Switzerland 1816 319
14 The Suicides: London 1816 347
15 The Garden Days: Marlow 1817 367
16 The Platonist: Bagni di Lucca 1818 414
17 An Evening with Count Maddalo: Venice 439
18 The Tombs of Naples: 1818 458
App. to Chapter 18 481
19 A Roman Spring: 1819 485
20 The Palace of the Dark 509
21 The Hothouse: Livorno 1819 519
22 The West Wind: Florence 1819 529
23 From the Gallery: Florence 1820 560
24 The Reformer: Pisa 1820 571
25 The Moons of Pisa: 1820 602
26 The Tuscan Set: 1821 617
27 The Colony: 1821 654
28 The Byron Brigade: 1822 685
29 The Gulf of Spezia 712
30 Coda 730
Author's Acknowledgements 734
Bibliography 736
New Select Bibliography 739
References 741
Index 792
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