Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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From Ann Wroe, a biographer of the first rank, comes a startlingly original look at one of the greatest poets in the Western tradition. Being Shelley aims to turn the poet's life inside out: rather than tracing the external events of his life, she tracks the inner journey of a spirit struggling to create. In her quest to understand the radically unconventional Shelley, Wroe pursues the questions that consumed the poet himself. Shelley sought to free and empower the entire human race; his revolution was meant to shatter illusions, shock men and women with new visions, find true love and liberty—and take everyone with him. Now, for the first time, this passionate quest is put at the center of his life. The result is a Shelley who has never been seen in biography before.

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User Review  - Ricky Ganci - Goodreads

This was the strangest biography I've ever read. It was about as non-sequential as anything I have ever read—the order of events had absolutely nothing to do with what we were learning about Percy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark McKenna - Goodreads

Shelly was a wild man. Didn't finish this; I had too much required reading for reviews. I will return to it, though. "Being Shelley" is the kind of book you can pick up anytime and sink back into. I ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Ann Wroe is the author of Pontius Pilate, a finalist for the samuel Johnson Prize, A Fool and His Money, and The Perfect Prince. She received her doctorate in medieval history from Oxford and is a senior editor at The Economist. She lives in London with her husband and their three sons.

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