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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Citation:
Sandy, Mark. "Percy Bysshe Shelley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4050, accessed 19 September 2014.]

Articles on Shelley's works

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

Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism