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The book is an authoritative and up-to-date collection of original essays on one of the greatest of all English poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley. It covers a wide range of topics, exploring Shelley's life and work from many angles. It looks at his emotional relationships and his dealings with publishers; at his prose writing (often overlooked); at the whole range of his prolific and dazzling poetic career; at his response to major figures in European culture such asclassical Greek writing and work by Rousseau and Goethe, and to previous English poets such as Spenser, Milton, and Pope, as well as to his Romantic contemporaries; it also brings out the exciting range of his interests, providing chapters on topics such as science and music, and it investigates Shelley's meaning for subsequent writers and cultures.
Michael O'Neill is a well-known critic of poetry, and has written monographs on Shelley (1989), Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997), and The All-Sustaining Air (2007). He edited The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010), and has also co-edited (with Madeleine Callaghan) Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon (2011), and a much-praised anthology of Romantic poetry with detailed comments on poetic form (2007), both for Blackwell. He has published two collections of poems, and received a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His work has been much praised by many critics for its sensitivity to poetry and its ability to find an answerable language for poetic effects.
Anthony Howe has taught at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities and is currently Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. He has published essays on Byron and Shelley and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Byron and the Forms of Thought for Liverpool University Press.
Madeleine Callaghan is Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her research specialty is the poetry of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats, and she also has research interests in post-war British and Irish poetry. She is the co-editor (with Michael O'Neill) of TwentiethCentury British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Michael O'Neill BIOGRAPHY AND RELATIONSHIPS Shelley and the British Isles, Donald H. Reiman and James Bieri Shelley and Italy, Ralph Pite Resolutions, Destinations: Shelley s Last Year, Ann Wroe Shelley and Women, Nora Crook Shelley and his Publishers, Stephen Behrendt PART 2 PROSE Shelley and Philosophy: On a Future State, Speculations on Metaphysics and Morals, On Life, Anthony Howe Religion and Ethics: The Necessity of Atheism, A Refutation of Deism, On Christianity, Gavin Hopps Love, Sexuality, Gender: On Love, Discourse on Love, and The Banquet of Plato, Teddi Lynn Chichester Politics and Satire, Steven E. Jones Politics, Protest, and Social Reform: Irish Pamphlets, Notes to Queen Mab, Letter to Lord Ellenborough, A Philosophical View of Reform, Michael Scrivener Poetics, Paul Hamilton Prose Fiction: Zastrozzi, St. Irvyne, The Assassins, The Coliseum, Diane Long Hoeveler Shelley's Letters, Daisy Hay PART 3 POETRY Shelley's Draft Notebooks, Nancy Moore Goslee Lyric Development: Esdaile Notebook to Hymns of 1816, David Duff Epic Experiments: Queen Mab and Laon and Cythna, Jack Donovan Quest Poetry: Alastor and Epipsychidion, Mark Sandy Lyrical Drama: Prometheus Unbound and Hellas, Stuart Curran Tragedy: The Cenci and Swellfoot the Tyrant, Michael Rossington Shelley's Familiar Style : Rosalind and Helen, Julian and Maddalo, and Letter to Maria Gisborne, Anthony Howe Sonnets and Odes, Michael O'Neill Popular Songs and Ballads: Writing the Unwritten Story in 1819, Susan Wolfson Visionary Rhyme: The Sensitive-Plant and The Witch of Atlas, Jerrold E. Hogle Lyrics and Love Poems: Poems to Sophia Stacey, Jane Williams, and Mary Shelley, Shahidha Bari Shelley's Pronouns: Lyrics, Hellas, Adonais, and The Triumph of Life, Michael O'Neill PART 4 CULTURES, TRADITIONS, INFLUENCES Shelley and the Bible, Ian Balfour Shelley, Mythology, and the Classical Tradition, Anthony John Harding Shelley and the Italian Tradition, Alan Weinberg Origins of Evil: Shelley, Goethe, Calderon, and Rousseau, Frederick Burwick Shelley and Milton, Madeleine Callaghan Shelley and the English Tradition: Spenser and Pope, Michael O'Neill and Paige Tovey Shelley and His Contemporaries, Kelvin Everest Shelley and Music, Jessica K. Quillin Shelley, Shakespeare, and Theatre, Bernard Beatty Shelley, the Visual Arts, and Cinema, Sarah Wootton Shelley's Sciences, Marilyn Gaull Shelley, Travel, and Tourism, Benjamin Colbert PART FIVE AFTERLIVES Shelley and the Nineteenth Century, Richard Cronin The Influences of Shelley on Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Poetry, Jeffrey C. Robinson Editing Shelley, Michael Rossington Shelley Criticism from Romanticism to Modernism, Jane Stabler Shelley Criticism from Deconstruction to the Present, Arthur Bradley