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...

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