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Shelley

Author: Newman Ivey White
Publisher: New York, A.A. Knopf, 1940.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This monumental biography of Shelley is filled with unobtrusive scholarship, and the Shelley who emerges is markedly different from the popular conception of him, emerging instead as a highly emotional, supersensitive being with the unwavering purpose of reforming the world. Odd, indeed, he was, and erratic conduct marked his whole life. For one who was so ingenuously devoted to humanity he could be amazingly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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White, Newman Ivey, 1892-1948.
Shelley.
New York, A.A. Knopf, 1940
(OCoLC)576404144
Online version:
White, Newman Ivey, 1892-1948.
Shelley.
New York, A.A. Knopf, 1940
(OCoLC)608383311
Named Person: Percy Bysshe Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Newman Ivey White
OCLC Number: 1513142
Description: 2 volumes frontispiece (volumes 1, color) plates, portraits, facsimiles 25 cm
Contents: V. 1. The background --
The early years --
At Eton: the schoolboy --
At Eton: the budding author and lover --
Oxford --
From Oxford to matrimony --
Edinburgh, York, and Keswick --
The unsettled reformer: in Ireland --
The unsettled reformer: in Wales and Devonshire --
The unsettled reformer: in Wales, London, and Ireland --
Shelley comes of age: financial an dmatrimonial troubles --
Elopement and foreign travel --
Disaster and relief --
Peace at Bishopsgate --
Switzerland and Byron --
Bath, London, and three disasters --
London and Marlow: clearing skies --
Marlow and London: clouds gather. V. 2. Spring and summer in Italy --
Mysteries of death and birth --
Rome and Villa Valsovano --
Annus mirabilis --
Life in Florence --
Pisa and Leghorn: old troubles revive --
Autumn and winter of 1820 --
Spring in Pisa, 1821 --
Summer and autumn, 1821 --
Winter and spring in Pisa, 1821-2 --
Last days --
Shelley's posthumous reputation --
Review and interpretation. Appendices: Unpublished or uncollected letters by Shelley, with one by Harriet Shelley --
Letters to Shelley and Mary --
Letters about Shelley --
Brief for Shelley's defence in the Chancery suit over Harriet's children --
The portraits and busts of Shelley --
Mary Shelley's reading lists --
Documents concerning Elena Adelaide Shelley.
Responsibility: by Newman Ivey White.

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This monumental biography of Shelley is filled with unobtrusive scholarship, and the Shelley who emerges is markedly different from the popular conception of him, emerging instead as a highly emotional, supersensitive being with the unwavering purpose of reforming the world. Odd, indeed, he was, and erratic conduct marked his whole life. For one who was so ingenuously devoted to humanity he could be amazingly selfish and blind. But, as this book clearly shows, Shelley learned consideration for others and he learned, too, that the emancipation of mankind lay far in the future and could arrive only after untold suffering and self-sacrifice. Shelley's life is accurately, definitively, and objectively related. The poet's genealogy, the environment from which he came, and the persons with whom he associated are discussed in detail. The greatest contribution of this book for the reader of Shelley will lie in the brilliant analyses of the longer poems and of the prose works. The essential sanity of Shelley's mind, the temperance of his views, and his intellectual growth are perhaps even more observable in his prose works than in his poetry, but the true Shelley emerges only when both his poetry and prose are studied in the light of his character and personality.

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