Shelley: The Pursuit

Shelley: The Pursuit

by Richard Holmes


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140580372
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/1987
Series: Elizabeth Sifton Bks.
Pages: 864
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley: The Pursuit (published by NYRB Classics), which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974; Coleridge: Early Visions, winner of the 1989 Whitbread Book of the Year award; Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage, which won the 1993 James Tait Black Prize; and Coleridge: Darker Reflections, which won the 1990 Duff Cooper Prize and Heinemann Award. His other works include Footsteps (1985) and Sidetracks (2000). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1992. He is also a professor of biographical studies at the University of East Anglia. He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Editionix
1A Fire-Raiser1
2Oxford: 1810-1137
3Wales and Limbo: 181061
4Harriet Westbrook84
5Irish Revolutionaries: 1812117
6A Radical Commune133
7The Tan-yr-allt Affair163
8One Dark Night178
9A Poem and a Wife: Queen Mab 1813199
10Three for the Road: Europe 1814235
11Bad Dreams: Kentish Town 1814250
12Up the River: Bishopsgate 1815286
13The Byron Summer: Switzerland 1816319
14The Suicides: London 1816347
15The Garden Days: Marlow 1817367
16The Platonist: Bagni di Lucca 1818414
17An Evening with Count Maddalo: Venice439
18The Tombs of Naples: 1818458
Appendix to Chapter 18481
19A Roman Spring: 1819485
20The Palace of the Dark509
21The Hothouse: Livorno 1819519
22The West Wind: Florence 1819529
23From the Gallery: Florence 1820560
24The Reformer: Pisa 1820571
25The Moons of Pisa: 1820602
26The Tuscan Set: 1821617
27The Colony: 1821654
28The Byron Brigade: 1822685
29The Gulf of Spezia712
Author's Acknowledgements734
New Select Bibliography739

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