The Making of the Shelley Myth: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822-1860

The Making of the Shelley Myth: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822-1860

The Making of the Shelley Myth: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822-1860

The Making of the Shelley Myth: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822-1860

Synopsis

The importance of the criticism from 1822-1860 to the development of Shelley's reputation has long been acknowledged, but the diverse texts have so far defied close study. This book will go some way towards making the material better understood and more easily accessible.

Excerpt

A work of this kind could never have been written without the perceptive advice and unswerving support of a number of scholars, librarians, and friends. Dr Roy Park, Mr E.J.M. Buxton, Dr Marilyn Butler, Mr D.F. Foxon, and Dr Timothy Webb gave very generously of their time and experience, and their help was indispensable in my attempts to bring this vast, heterogeneous material under control. I am indebted also to the staff of various libraries, particularly The Bodleian Library, The British Library, and The Manchester Public Library, for their patient acceptance of the demands that I made on their resources. The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen granted me a Research Fellowship which enabled me to complete the work, and Dr Graham D. Caie, of the English Department at the University, provided constant and invaluable encouragement from start to finish. My wife shared, with endless good humour, my frequently complicated life with Shelley and his nineteenth-century critics. I am grateful to the general editors of Publications of the Department of English, University of Copenhagen for permission to reprint Chapter 1 which originally appeared, in a slightly altered form, in The Romantic Heritage: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed.Karsten Engelberg (Copenhagen, 1983).

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