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The Cambridge Companion to Shelley by Timothy (University of California, Davis) Morton


The Cambridge Companion to Shelley by Timothy (University of California, Davis) Morton

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was an extraordinary poet, playwright and essayist, revolutionary both in his ideas and in his artistic theory and practice. This 2006 collection of original essays by an international group of specialists is a comprehensive survey of the life, works and times of this radical Romantic writer. Three sections cover Shelley's life and posthumous reception; the basics of his poetry, prose and drama; and his immersion in the currents of philosophical and political thinking and practice. As well as providing a wide-ranging look at the state of existing scholarship, the Companion develops and enriches our understanding of Shelley. Significant new contributions include fresh assessments of Shelley's narratives, his view of philosophy, and his role in emerging views about ecology. With its chronology and guide to further reading, this lively and accessible Companion is an invaluable guide for students and scholars of Shelley and of Romanticism.


'Timothy Morton is a progressive choice of editor: he has brought new perspectives to Shelley studies (especially in his work on vegetarianism and eco-criticism) and constantly challenges his peers, much in the spirit of Shelley, not to lose the present and always to consider the future. He is a vibrant, lively presence and tries to make Shelley more accessible. ... Morton, another adept philosopher-critic, ends the volume with the essay 'Nature and Culture' ... This essay is particularly good on Shelley's unorthodox and profound understanding of reality, which is based on an opposition to the tyranny of habit, something Shelley saw as draining the life out of what it means to be human. It is a fitting end to a volume which ... is forward looking, bursting with ideas and full of potential, much like its subject.'
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'This lively collection of essays banishes notions of Shelley the harmless romantic lyric poet, ... a chronological mapping of Shelley's brief and intense life and career is presented, providing the reader with a solid introduction to key events and themes of the poet's life. ... the book is easily navigable. ... Highly recommended for libraries supporting contemporary literature and poetry courses at undergraduate level and above.'
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Timothy Morton is Professor of English at Rice University, Houston.

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Publication date

21st September 2006


Timothy (University of California, Davis) Morton

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Cambridge University Press


244 pages


Literary studies: general



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