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He was the eldest legitimate son of Sir Timothy Shelley —a Whig Member of Parliament for Horsham from —92 and for Shoreham between —12, and his wife, Elizabeth Pilfold —a Sussex landowner. He received his early education at home, tutored by the Reverend Evan Edwards of nearby Warnham.
His cousin and lifelong friend Thomas Medwinwho lived nearby, recounted his early childhood in his The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley. It was a happy and contented childhood spent largely in country pursuits such as fishing and hunting. InShelley entered Eton Collegewhere he fared poorly, and was subjected to an almost daily mob torment at around noon by older boys, who aptly called these incidents "Shelley-baits".
Surrounded, the young Shelley would have his books torn from his hands and his clothes pulled at and torn until he cried out madly in his high-pitched "cracked soprano" of a voice. Because of these peculiarities he acquired the nickname "Mad Shelley". Shelley would often use a frictional electric machine to charge the door handle of his room, much to the amusement of his friends.
Despite these jocular incidents, a contemporary of Shelley, W. Merie, recalled that Shelley made no friends at Eton, although he did seek a kindred spirit without success. On 10 April he matriculated at University College, Oxford.
Legend has it that Shelley attended only one lecture while at Oxford, but frequently read sixteen hours a day. His first publication was a Gothic novelZastrozziin which he vented his early atheistic worldview through the villain Zastrozzi; this was followed at the end of the year by St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance dated In Shelley anonymously published a pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheismwhich was brought to the attention of the university administration, and he was called to appear before the College's fellows, including the Dean, George Rowley.
The rediscovery in mid of Shelley's long-lost Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things —a long, strident anti-monarchical and anti-war poem printed in in London by Crosby and Company as "by a gentleman of the University of Oxford" and dedicated to Harriet Westbrook—gives a new dimension to the expulsion, reinforcing Hogg's implication of political motives "an affair of party".
His refusal to do so led to a falling-out with his father. Marriage[ edit ] Four months after being sent down from Oxford, on 28 Augustthe year-old Shelley eloped to Scotland with the year-old Harriet Westbrook a pupil at the same boarding school as Shelley's sisters, whom his father had forbidden him to see.
Harriet Westbrook had been writing Shelley passionate letters threatening to kill herself because of her unhappiness at the school and at home. Shelley, heartbroken after the failure of his romance with his cousinHarriet Grove, cut off from his mother and sisters, and convinced he had not long to live, impulsively decided to rescue Westbrook and make her his beneficiary.
Sir Timothy Shelley, however, outraged that his son had married beneath him Harriet's father, though prosperous, had kept a tavernrevoked Shelley's allowance and refused ever to receive the couple at Field Place.
Harriet also insisted that her sister Eliza, whom Shelley detested, live with them. Shelley was also at this time increasingly involved in an intense platonic relationship with Elizabeth Hitchener, a year-old unmarried schoolteacher of advanced views, with whom he had been corresponding.
Hitchener, whom Shelley called the "sister of my soul" and "my second self",  became his muse and confidante in the writing of his philosophical poem Queen Maba Utopian allegory. William Godwin inby James Northcote During this period, Shelley travelled to Keswick in England's Lake Districtwhere he visited the poet Robert Southeyunder the mistaken impression that Southey was still a political radical.
Southey, who had himself been expelled from the Westminster School for opposing flogging, was taken with Shelley and predicted great things for him as a poet.Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or The Modern Prome- theus, originally published in with a second edition published in , although assigned to the Romantic period of literature (), surpasses her contemporaries by its com-.
1. INTRODUCTION. Aims of the unit. Notes on bibliography. 2. A HISTORICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE ROMANTIC PERIOD: THE PRE-ROMANTIC PERIOD (BEFORE ). OUTLINE. 1.
INTRODUCTION. Aims of the unit. Notes on bibliography. 2. A HISTORICAL BACKGROUND FOR THE ROMANTIC PERIOD: THE PRE-ROMANTIC PERIOD (BEFORE ).
The monster is Victor Frankenstein’s creation, assembled from old body parts and strange chemicals, animated by a mysterious spark. He enters life eight feet tall and enormously strong but with the mind of a newborn. Abandoned by his creator and confused, he tries to integrate himself into society.
Recommended: 10th, 11th, 12th. Prerequisite: This follows Literature and Composition in the progression, but it can be taken without having completed the other. Test Prep: CLEP English Literature, SAT.
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