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One of the finest poets of the English language, Percy Bysshe Shelley is known as much for his outstanding lyric poems as for his unconventional lifestyle. Works such as ‘Ozymandias’, ‘To a Skylark’ and ‘Ode to the Westwind’ have been read and loved by successive generations; and so too has remained a fascination with Shelley’s short life.

In this new biography, Daniel Hahn paints a brilliant portrait of the outlandish genius who published Gothic horror novelettes in his teens and eloped with the daughter of a coffee-shop owner, but who went on to create some of England’s finest poetry and to inspire countless future poets. Included in the biography are extracts from Shelley’s own writings which elucidate his extraordinary story.

Publication date: 01/09/2009

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