Percy Bysshe Shelley: History of a Six Weeks' Tour

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  • Mark Sandy (University of Durham)

A History of a Six Weeks' Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland: With Letters Descriptive of a Sail round the Lake of Geneva, and the Glaciers of Chamouni was published anonymously by Thomas Hookham and the Olliers, most probably in November 1817. The anonymity is thinly preserved, as initials at the end of each section reveal this volume's true origin to be a literary collaboration between Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley. In an effort to promote sales of the work, Shelley's letter of 16 December to Thomas Moore disclosed that he and Mary were the authors behind the enterprise. Shelley's attempt to generate public interest had little effect and, even by 1820, A History of a Six Weeks' Tour h…

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Sandy, Mark. "History of a Six Weeks' Tour". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]

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