Percy Bysshe Shelley: Zastrossi

(713 words)
  • Mark Sandy (University of Durham)

Often critically neglected as a piece of Shelley's juvenilia, Zastrossi was composed between the March and late August of 1809. Arguably one of Shelley's earliest surviving works of prose fiction (aside from St. Irvyne, or The Rosicrucian 1811 [See Separate Entry] and his abandoned The Assassins 1814), Zastrossi marks his first major creative venture into the domain of Gothic-romance. The London publishers J. Wilkie and G. Robinson issued Shelley's tale of Gothic horror in the following spring of 1810. The plot, subject, and style of Zastrossi are indebted to Shelley's avid reading, during in his time at Eton, of popular and sensationalist fiction. In composing Zastrossi, Shelley relied heavily o…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Sandy, Mark. "Zastrossi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 September 2002
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction