Percy Bysshe Shelley

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  • Mark Sandy (University of Durham)

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on 4 August 1792 at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex. His father, Timothy Shelley (1753-1844), was a land-owning Whig Member of Parliament for New Shoreham and later become a Baronet. Shelley was in line for a baronetcy and Timothy wanted his son to be educated at Eton and then Oxford. Shelley's first educational experience was at a day school in Warnham where he learnt elementary Latin and Greek. Aged ten, Shelley was sent to Syon House Academy, a London preparatory school, where he was bullied and where Shelley met his tormentors with fiery indignation and uncontrollable rage.

At Eton, where Shelley enrolled in 1804, he also proved an unpopular pupil, often subjected to 'pranks' and ridicule. …

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Sandy, Mark. "Percy Bysshe Shelley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[, accessed 25 May 2016.]

Articles on Shelley's works

  1. A Letter to Lord Ellenborough
  2. A Philosophical View of Reform
  3. A Vision of the Sea
  4. Adonais
  5. Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
  6. An Address to the Irish People
  7. Defence of Poetry
  8. Epipsychidion
  9. Hellas
  10. History of a Six Weeks' Tour
  11. Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
  12. Mont Blanc
  13. Ode to the West Wind
  14. Original Poetry by Victor and Cazire
  15. Ozymandias
  16. Peter Bell the Third
  17. Prometheus Unbound
  18. Queen Mab
  19. St Irvyne or the Rosicrucian
  20. The Cenci
  21. The Cloud
  22. The Liberal
  23. The Mask of Anarchy
  24. The Revolt of Islam
  25. The Triumph of Life
  26. To a Skylark
  27. Zastrossi

Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism