Welcome back. Sorry I've been gone so long, but we're going to continue on our with our studies of Romantic Poetry. Today, we'll be talking about Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Percy Bysshe Shelley:
- Born August 4, 1792 at Field Place near Sussex, England.
- He was the eldest son to Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley.
- Therefore, he was due to inherit a large estate. (1 Brother-4 Sisters)
- Percy attended Eton College for six years beginning in 1804 where he began to write poetry.
- He transferred to Oxford but was expelled less than a year later for his co-authorship of "The Necessity of Atheism." (Co-authored with Thomas Jefferson Hogg.)
- That pamplet was so tragic for Shelley because it also estranged him from his father for two years (which left him in dire financial straits).
- When he came of age at 19, Percy reconciled with his father and wed Harriet Westbrook by elopement in Scotland.
- In December 1816, Percy's wife Harriet committed suicide.
- Three weeks later, he married Mary Godwin, most commonly known for her authorship of Frankenstein.
- Due to his quick re-marriage, it was considered to be free love, Percy lost custody of his two kids that he had with Harriet.
- Tragically, he died a year later attempting to sail from Leghorn to La Spezia, Italy on his schooner the Don Juan.