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The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley

ISBN 9781108083850
Edition 1
Publication Date
Publisher Cambridge
This version of Thomas Medwin's 1847 biography of Shelley was compiled from a 'copiously amended and extended' copy left unpublished after Medwin's death, and published in 1913 by Harry Buxton Forman (1842-1917). The original work was controversial: Medwin (1788-1869), who was Shelley's second cousin, had already encountered scandal in publishing Conversations with Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley condemned this work unread. Although it contains some inaccuracies, it is the first full-length biography, and by a writer who knew his subject and appreciated his poetry. Forman too was a controversial figure: he had produced editions of Shelley and Keats, but was also implicated in the forgery of 'previously undiscovered' works, falsifying the bibliographies of the most important writers of the nineteenth century. In spite of all this, the book is an important one, showing the material which Medwin had assembled to put into a new edition of his work.

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