The Major Works

Paperback | March 26, 2009

byPercy Bysshe ShelleyEditorZachary Leader, Michael ONeill

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This major new edition, originally commissioned for the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode, brings together a unique combination of Shelley's poetry and prose - the lyric poems, plays, longer poems, criticism, and essays - to give the essence of hiswork and thinking.Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a Romantic poet of radical imaginings, living in an age of change. His tempestuous life and friendship with Byron, and his tragically early death, at times threatened to overwhelm his legacy as a poet, but today his standing as one of the foremost Englishauthors is assured. This freshly edited anthology - the fullest one-volume selection in English - includes all but one of the longer poems, from Queen Mab onwards, in their entirety. Only Laon and Cythna is excerpted, in a generous selection. As well as works such asPrometheus Unbound, The Mask ofAnarchy, and Adonais, the volume includes a wide range of Shelley's shorter poems and much of his major prose, including A Defence of Poetry and almost all of A Philosophical View of Reform. Shelley emerges from these pages as a passionate and eloquent opponent of tyranny and a champion of humanpossibility.

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This major new edition, originally commissioned for the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode, brings together a unique combination of Shelley's poetry and prose - the lyric poems, plays, longer poems, criticism, and essays - to give the essence of hiswork and thinking.Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-...

Zachary Leader has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. Among his books are Revision and Romantic Authorship (1996), Romantic Period Writings 1798-1832: An Anthology (co-edited with Ian Haywood) (1999), and (as editor) The Letters of Kingsley Amis (2000). Michael O'Neill has published widely on Romantic an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.54 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionChronologyNote on the TextPoetryProseNotesFurther ReadingOrdering of Poems in Volumes Published by Shelley from 1816 to 1822Index of Titles of Poems and Prose WorksIndex of First Lines of Poems

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"[this] edition as the advanage of being prefaced by what must surely be the best brief introductory essay on Shelley yet written." 'This is an excellent selection, and Zachary Leader and Michael O'Neill deserve our gratitude.'' Times Literary Supplement, 3 October 2003