Julian North: The Lives of Percy Shelley

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Nov 15, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM


Ogden Lewis Suite, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing

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When Shelley drowned at the age of 29, he had been condemned in the press for his politics, his atheism and his sexual transgressions. His poetry was, for the most part, unknown. Mary Shelley and a small group of close friends were determined to rescue his reputation and memorialise his magnetic personality. This talk will show you how they did it in vivid eye-witness memoirs that were as controversial as their subject. The Shelley they created was both tragic and scatter-brained, heroic and comically unworldly. He was also the archetypal Romantic poet.

Julian North is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Leicester. Her most recent book is The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet (Oxford University Press, 2009). She is currently working on Portraiture and Biography in Victorian Britain.

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