A Vindication of Natural Dietby Percy Bysshe Shelley
Shelley’s “Vindication of Natural Diet” was first written as part of the notes to “Queen Mab,” which was privately issued in 1813. Later in the same year the “Vindication” was separately published as a pamphlet, and it is from this later publication that the present reprint is made. The
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Shelley’s “Vindication of Natural Diet” was first written as part of the notes to “Queen Mab,” which was privately issued in 1813. Later in the same year the “Vindication” was separately published as a pamphlet, and it is from this later publication that the present reprint is made. The original pamphlet is now exceedingly scarce, but it is said to have been reprinted in 1835, as an appendix to an American medical work, the “Manual on Health,” by Dr. Turnbull, of New York. Two copies only are known to have been preserved of this excessively rare pamphlet, though possibly others may be hidden in unfrequented libraries and out of the way country houses. One copy is in the British Museum, and the other is in the possession of Mr. H. Buxton Forman, who has reprinted it in his great edition of Shelley, where it forms the opening part of the second volume of the “Prose Works.”
The main object of Shelley’s pamphlet was to show that a vegetable diet is the most natural, and therefore the best for mankind. It is not an appeal to humanitarian sentiment, but an argument based on individual experience, concerning the intimate connection of health and morality with food. It has no claim to originality in the arguments adduced; its materials being avowedly drawn from the works of Dr. Lambe and Mr. Newton, of whom an account may be read in Mr. Howard Williams’ “Catena,” but the style is Shelley’s own, and the pamphlet is in many ways one of the most interesting and characteristic of his prose works. Perhaps its most remarkable feature is to be found in the very pertinent remarks as to the bearing of Vegetarianism on those questions of economy and social reform, which are now forcing themselves more and more on the attention of the English people.
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