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Percy Bysshe Shelley
by John Addington Symonds
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The work delves into the life and works of Shelley. Symonds has provided a rich biography of the man and he dispels a lot of misconceptions about the great poet. Glimpses of other great men related to Shelley are also provided here. An amazing and deeply researched work.
A glimpse into the cottage at Great Marlow is afforded by a careless sentence of Leigh Hunt's. "He used to sit in a study adorned with casts, as large as life, of the Vatican Apollo and the celestial Venus." Fancy Shelley with his bright eyes and elf-locks in a tiny, low-roofed room, correcting proofs of "Laon and Cythna", between the Apollo of the Belvedere and Venus de' Medici, life-sized, and as crude as casts by Shout could make them!
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