New Books: Chained Rebellion

Shelley, Poeta et Vir Sui Judicii

The Story. Percy Bysshe Shelley, scion of a rich Whig family, first went to Eton. He was "exceptionally beautiful, with brilliant blue eyes, dark curling hair and a delicate complexion." The brutal Vita Etonica shocked his sensitive mind and he was glad to move on to the freedom of Oxford.

But Oxford's freedom proved a dangerous drug to the impressionable Shelley. He rapidly conceived an intense loathing of the whole social order, the marriage contract in particular. He became an atheist. Most...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!