Shelley: The Pursuit by Holmes Richard

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 uncompromising poetic innovator, whose life and work have proved an essential inspiration to poets as varied as W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. 

Book Details

  • File Nameshelley_the_pursuit.epub
  • Original TitleShelley
  • Creator
  • Languageen
  • Identifier9781590175705
  • PublisherNew York Review Books
  • Date2012-08-27T23:00:00+00:00
  • File Size10.702 MB

Table of Content

  • 1. Biographical Notes
  • 2. Copyright and More Information
  • 3. Title Page
  • 4. Dedication
  • 5. Contents
  • 6. Illustrations
  • 7. Preface to the New Edition
  • 8. Introduction
  • 9. SHELLEY
    • 1. A Fire-Raiser
    • 2. Oxford: 1810–11
    • 3. Wales and Limbo: 1811
    • 4. Harriet Westbrook
    • 5. Irish Revolutionaries: 1812
    • 6. A Radical Commune
    • 7. The Tan-yr-allt Affair
    • 8. One Dark Night
    • Illustrations: Section I
    • 9. A Poem and a Wife: Queen Mab 1813
    • 10. Three for the Road: Europe 1814
    • 11. Bad Dreams: Kentish Town 1814
    • 12. Up the River: Bishopsgate 1815
    • 13. The Byron Summer: Switzerland 1816
    • 14. The Suicides: London 1816
    • 15. The Garden Days: Marlow 1817
    • Illustrations: Section II
    • 16. The Platonist: Bagni di Lucca 1818
    • 17. An Evening with Count Maddalo: Venice
    • 18. The Tombs of Naples: 1818
    • Appendix to Chapter 18
    • 19. A Roman Spring: 1819
    • 20. The Palace of the Dark
    • 21. The Hothouse: Livorno 1819
    • 22. The West Wind: Florence 1819
    • 23. From the Gallery: Florence 1820
    • 24. The Reformer: Pisa 1820
    • 25. The Moons of Pisa: 1820
    • 26. The Tuscan Set: 1821
    • Illustrations: Section III
    • 27. The Colony: 1821
    • 28. The Byron Brigade: 1822
    • 29. The Gulf of Spezia
    • 30. Coda
  • 10. Author’s Acknowledgements
  • 11. Bibliography
  • 12. New Select Bibliography
  • 13. References
  • 14. Index
  • 15. Cover
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