Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself

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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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From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet.Wroe hastily dispatches the biographical facts, then ... Read full review

Being Shelley: the poet's search for himself

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) remains the most challenging and uncompromising of the English Romantic poets, Matthew Arnold's luminous angel flapping his wings in the void or the radical ... Read full review


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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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