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Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Longman Cultural Edition, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Percy Bysshe Shelley, Stephen C. Behrendt

Published by Longman

Published Date: Apr 5, 2010

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This new Longman Cultural Edition features Shelley’s poetry and political writing, emphasizing his role as radical theorist, political reformer, and passionate advocate of individual and civil liberty.


This thoughtful collection reflects the deep political convictions that inform works such as Prometheus Unbound and Ode to the West Wind, often regarded as abstract and esoteric.  Shelley's work is contextualized by contemporary accounts of events that spurred his writing, from the national outpouring of grief at the death of Princess Charlotte Augusta and the nearly simultaneous executions of Derbyshire reformist rebels, to the violent suppression of a peaceful reform rally in Manchester in 1819. Political caricatures and selections of radical writing from the periodical press enable today’s readers to recognize the political Shelley and understand his abuse in startlingly hostile contemporary reviews to this great, adventurous poet. 


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of important literary works, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.


The following Longman Cultural Editions are available now: Beowulf, Hamlet, Othello, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Hard Times, Northanger Abbey, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Dorothy Wordsworth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Wuthering Heights.


New titles include Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Forster's Howards End, and Kipling's Kim.

Table of Contents

 List of Illustrations

 About Longman Cultural Editions

 About This Edition

 Introduction:  Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Life and Times

 Table of Dates


Shelley’s Works



On the Punishment of Death

On a Future State

To Wordsworth

Feelings of Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Mont Blanc

An Address to the People on the Death of the Princess Charlotte

     Other Deaths in 1817

        “Accouchement and decease of H. R. H. Princess Charlotte.” European Magazine, (Nov. 1817)        

        “Derbyshire.” New Monthly Magazine 8.47 (Dec. 1817)

        “The Execution of Jeremiah Brandreth . . . “(broadside, 1817)


Lines written among the Euganean Hills

Stanzas written in Dejection, near Naples


Political Poems of 1819

Lines written during the Castlereagh Administration

Song:  To the Men of England

England in 1819

Similes for Two Political Characters of 1819

National Anthem

An Ode, written October 1819, before the Spaniards had recovered their Liberty         

The Mask of Anarchy


Politics and Violence in the Regency

“The Constitution.” Black Dwarf 1.1 (29 Jan. 1817)

“Disturbances at Manchester [Peterloo].” Examiner (22 Aug. 1819)

“Stanzas Occasioned by the Manchester Massacre!” Black Dwarf (25 Aug. 1819)


Shelley and Political Caricature

The Political House that Jack Built (Hone and Cruikshank), title page

The Political House that Jack Built (Hone and Cruikshank), “These are the People”

The Queen’s matrimonial Ladder (Hone and Cruikshank), title page

The Queen’s Matrimonial Ladder (Hone and Cruikshank), “Qualification”


Prometheus Unbound

    Prometheus and Romanticism


    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Prometheus”

    George Gordon, Lord Byron, “Prometheus”


On Life

Ode to the West Wind

The Cloud

To a Sky-Lark

Sonnet [“Lift not the painted veil”]

Sonnet:  Political Greatness

Ode to Liberty

Peter Bell the Third


Written on Hearing the News of the Death of Napoleon

A Defence of Poetry

    Thomas Love Peacock, The Four Ages of Poetry

Sonnet to Byron


Late Lyrics

The Serpent is Shut Out from Paradise

To Jane — The Invitation

To Jane — The Recollection

With a guitar, to Jane

To Jane:  The Keen Stars Were Twinkling

Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici

The Triumph of Life


Contemporary Reviews of Shelley’s Writing

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (September 1820)

The London Magazine and Monthly Critical and Dramatic Review (September and October 1820

The Quarterly Review 26 (October 1821)

The Literary Gazette and Journal of Belles Lettres, 255 (December 8, 1821)


Further Reading

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