Percy Bysshe Shelley: An Address to the Irish People

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  • Mark Sandy (University of Durham)

Influenced by the writings of Thomas Paine (1737-1809) and William Godwin (1756-1836) and inspired to political activism through his conversations with Robert Southey (1774-1843) at Keswick, Shelley composed An Address to the Irish People through late autumn and winter 1811, finalising details, early in 1812, during his visit to Dublin. Printed by Daniel Isaac Eton, Shelley’s pamphlet on the Irish condition was published by 24 February 1812. After publication a synopsis of the essay’s main arguments appeared, in The Dublin Evening Post (dated 25 and 29 February, and 3 March), promoting Shelley’s political treatise. Shelley’s purchased newspaper advertisement for An Address to the Irish People boldly claimed t…

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Sandy, Mark. "An Address to the Irish People". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2004
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