A major new anthology of Percy Bysshe Shelley's work, edited by Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy.
'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems 'Prometheus Unbound' and 'Adonais', an elegy on the death of John Keats. His shorter, classic verses include 'To a Skylark', 'Mont Blanc' and 'Ode to the West Wind'. This important new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave together the political, personal, visionary and idealistic.
This Penguin Classics edition includes a fascinating introduction, notes and other materials by leading Shelley scholars, Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy.
"One can only marvel at the amount of editorial work that has gone into this volume ... There is a world of difference between having to read a poet as part of your studies and picking one up for pleasure later, which is why this is such an important and definitive edition. It will suit both the scholar and the general reader ... While today the flame of progressive thought is flickering in the gales of intolerance and brute ignorance, we need Shelley's example, and his exemplary anger, all the more." -The Guardian
Shelley, Percy Bysshe Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in 1792 and published his first volume of poetry in 1809. He was expelled from Oxford University for his distributing a pamphlet entitled 'The Necessity of Atheism'. Four months later, he eloped with and married Harriet Westbrook but later left her for Mary Wollstonecraft, future author of Frankenstein. Shelley was working on his last major poem, The Triumph of Life, when he was drowned in Italy in 1822, aged twenty-nine.
Donovan, Jack Jack Donovan is a Reader in English Literature at the University of York and co-editor of the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of Shelley.
Duffy, Cian Cian Duffy is Reader in English at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. He co-edits the Longman Shelley, and is the author of Shelley and the Revolutionary Sublime (2005; 2009).