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978-0-14-015880-9 / 9780140158809

Shelley: The Pursuit

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Publisher:Penguin Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmesthe finest literary biographer of our daymade 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 Shelleyradical 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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