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Laon and Cythna (1817)

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ISBN-10: 1554811945

ISBN-13: 9781554811946

Edition: 2016

Authors: Percy Bysshe. Shelley, Anahid Nersessian

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Percy Bysshe’s Shelley’s narrative poem Laon and Cythnais about a failed revolution—or is it? Laon and Cythnawas quickly suppressed by Shelley’s publisher, who feared he would be prosecuted for its revolutionary ideas and its depiction of incest between the two title characters, a brother and sister (it was later republished in its revised form as The Revolt of Islam). The siblings lead a rebellion against the Sultan of a city called Islam, which is liberated briefly before being recaptured by the Sultan’s armies. Laon and Cythna are burnt at the stake, or seem to be: just before they die, they are spirited away to a mysterious island, where the poet who recounts their story meets and talks…    
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2016
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 4/18/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.57" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Born in Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, Shelley was educated at Syon House Academy and Eton, where he acquired the sobriquet "Mad Shelley" for his independent spirit. While at Eton he published Zastrozzi (1810), a Gothic novel. Expelled from Oxford because he refused to retract his atheistic beliefs, Shelley quarreled with his wealthy father and was banished from home. Shelley married impulsively and then abandoned his young wife to run off to Italy with the 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (the daughter of the radical feminist and the anarchist philosopher, who was eventually to write Frankenstein). While in Italy, Shelley became close friends with Byron, and the two became…