ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1792-1822)


The son of Sir Timothy Shelley, baronet, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote two prose romances while at Eton; in 1810 he attended University College Oxford, but was sent down for producing a pamphlet on atheism; in 1812 he visited Ireland. Upon his return Shelley adopted William Godwin as his mentor, and abandoned his first wife Harriet for Mary Godwin. When they lost custody of his children, the Shelleys visited Byron in Switzerland before removing to Italy in 1818. There Percy Shelley wrote his best-known poems before drowning at sea with a copy of Keats's poems in his pocket.


TEXT RECORDS:

1809Henry and Louisa. A Poem in Two Parts.
1812On Leaving London for Wales.
1813Queen Mab. Canto II.
1813Queen Mab. Canto III.
1813Queen Mab. Canto IV.
1813Queen Mab. Canto IX.
1813Queen Mab. Canto V.
1813Queen Mab. Canto VI.
1813Queen Mab. Canto VII.
1813Queen Mab. Canto VIII.
1813Queen Mab: a Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Eighth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Eleventh.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Fifth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Fourth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Ninth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Second.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Seventh.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Sixth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Tenth.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Third.
1818Revolt of Islam. Canto Twelfth.
1818Revolt of Islam: Dedication.
1818Revolt of Islam: Preface.
1818Stanzas written in Dejection, near Naples.
1818The Revolt of Islam; a Poem. [Laon and Cythna.]
1820Letter to [Maria Gisborne].
1820The Witch of Atlas.
1821A Defense of Poetry.
1821Adonais. An Elegy on the Death of John Keats.
1821Adonais: Preface.

PUBLICATIONS:

Zastrozzi: a romance. 1810.
Original poetry by Victor and Cazire. 1810.
St Irvyne or the Rosicrucian: a romance. 1811.
The necessity of atheism. 1811.
A poetical essay on the existing state of things. 1811.
An address to the Irish people. 1812.
Proposals for an association of ... philanthropists. 1812.
Declaration of rights. 1812.
The Devil's walk: a ballad. 1812.
A letter to Lord Ellenborough. 1812.
A vindication of natural diet. 1813.
Queen Mab: a philosophical poem, with notes. 1813.
A refutation of deism, in a dialogue. 1814.
Alastor: or the spirit of solitude, and other poems. 1816.
A proposal for putting reform to the vote. 1817.
An adress to the people on the death of Princess Charlotte. 1817.
History of a six weeks' tour. 1817.
Laon and Cythna. 1818.
Rosalind and Helen: a modern eclogue, with other poems. 1819.
The Cenci: a tragedy. 1819.
Prometheus unbound: a lyrical drama. 1820.
Oedipus tyrannus. 1820.
Epipsychidion: verses addressed to the nobel and unfortunate Lady Emilia V —. 1821.
Adonais: an elegy on the death of John Keats. 1821.
Hellas: a lyrical drama. 1822.
Poetical pieces by the late Percy Bysshe Shelley. 1823.
Poetical works. 1826; 2 vols, 1834.
The masque of anarchy: a poem now first published. 1832.
Poetical works, ed. Mary Shelley. 4 vols, 1839.
Essays, letters from abroad, translations and fragments. 2 vols, 1840.
The complete works, ed. R. Ingpen and W. E. Peck. 10 vols, 1926-30.
Shelley's prose, ed. D. L. Clark. 1954.
Shelley and his circle, 1773-1822, ed. Kenneth Neill Cameron and Donald H. Reiman. 8 vols, 1961-1986.
Letters, ed. Frederick L. Jones. 2 vols, 1964.
Poetical Works, ed. Thomas Hutchinson; corrected by G.M. Matthews (1970).
Complete poetical works, ed. Neville Rogers. 2 vols (of 4), 1972-75.