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Shelley: the Pursuit

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ISBN-10: 1590170377

ISBN-13: 9781590170373

Edition: 2003

Authors: Richard Holmes, 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…    
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 5/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.96" long x 1.68" tall
Weight: 3.300
Language: English

Richard Holmes was born in London in 1945 and educated at Downside School and Churchill College, Cambridge.In 1974 he published Shelley: The Pursuit which won the Somerset Maugham Award and was described by Stephen Spender as "surely the best biography of Shelley ever written". He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1992 was awarded an OBE.He lives in London and Norwich with the novelist Rose Tremain.

Preface to the New Edition
A Fire-Raiser
Oxford: 1810-11
Wales and Limbo: 1810
Harriet Westbrook
Irish Revolutionaries: 1812
A Radical Commune
The Tan-yr-allt Affair
One Dark Night
A Poem and a Wife: Queen Mab 1813
Three for the Road: Europe 1814
Bad Dreams: Kentish Town 1814
Up the River: Bishopsgate 1815
The Byron Summer: Switzerland 1816
The Suicides: London 1816
The Garden Days: Marlow 1817
The Platonist: Bagni di Lucca 1818
An Evening with Count Maddalo: Venice
The Tombs of Naples: 1818
Appendix to Chapter 18
A Roman Spring: 1819
The Palace of the Dark
The Hothouse: Livorno 1819
The West Wind: Florence 1819
From the Gallery: Florence 1820
The Reformer: Pisa 1820
The Moons of Pisa: 1820
The Tuscan Set: 1821
The Colony: 1821
The Byron Brigade: 1822
The Gulf of Spezia
Author's Acknowledgements
New Select Bibliography