Wild Spirit: The Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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9780340555071: Wild Spirit: The Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Recreates the life of the famous poet who rejected his wealthy family, defied conventions, abandoned his wife to elope with Mary Godwin, and searched for peace and solitude in the wilderness

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From Publishers Weekly:

This fictionalized biography begins awkwardly, but melodramatic scenes and pompous language ultimately give way to a compelling, harshly realistic portrait of the English poet (1792-1822) and his milieu. Morley ( The Summer Woods ) shows the idealistic, iconoclastic and unyielding Shelley attracting worshipful followers even as he is expelled from Oxford for atheism. Married at 19, scraping by on expectation of an inheritance, he wanders through England, Ireland and Wales accompanied by his admirers. Always in pursuit of a utopian community, he seeks out the poet Robert Southey and the philosopher William Godwin, whose daughter Mary instantly seizes upon Shelley as a soul mate. With vigor and a keen eye for venality, hypocrisy and cruelty, Morley depicts the various groups clustered around the charismatic poet. Her descriptions of Shelley's bouts with depression and nightmares create a mood of impending doom that foreshadows his end. An infusion of unnecessary characters and too many scenes of domestic spats among the servants slightly diminish the impact of the final chapters, but overall this is an absorbing story, forcefully told.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Morley's account of Shelley's life disappoints as both fiction and biography. Although the essential facts are presented accurately, the novel fails to penetrate beyond the superficial. Shelley's wife Harriet, William and Mary Godwin, Claire Clairmont, Lord Byron, and other familiar players in Shelley's life appear in these pages. Morley talks about Shelley's passionate desire to aid humanity in general and to rescue distressed women in particular, but she does not create a sense of the interior impulses that produced his actions. She spends more time chronicling his endless moves through the British Isles and the Continent than in exploring his personal or literary growth. He comes across as uninteresting, self-centered, and immature, and his early demise brings the reader relief.
- Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Margaret Morley
Editore: Hodder & Stoughton (1992)
ISBN 10: 0340555076 ISBN 13: 9780340555071
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Descrizione libro Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0340555076

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