About Percy Bysshe Shelley

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08/04/1792 Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on August 4, 1792, at Field Place, near Horsham in Sussex, into an aristocratic family

1810 he entered the Oxford University College.

1810 Zastrozzi was published

1810 Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson by Shelley and Thomas Jefferson Hogg.

1811 Shelley was expelled from the college for publishing The Necessity Of Atheism, which he wrote with Thomas Jefferson Hogg

Approx 1811 Shelley`s father withdrew his inheritance in favor of a small annuity, after he eloped with the 16-year old Harriet Westbrook, the daughter of a London tavern owner.

1812 An Address, to the Irish People

1812 Proposals for An Association of those Philanthropists

1813 Shelley published his first poem, the Queen Mab.

1814 Shelley traveled abroad with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the daughter of the philosopher and anarchist William Godwin

1814 Shelley wrote an unfinished novella, The Assassins

1814 A Refutation of Deism: in a Dialogue

1816 Harriet drowned herself in the Serpentine.

1816 Shelley married Mary Wollstonecraft and his favorite son William was born.

1816 Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude; and Other Poems

1817 Their (Percy & Mary) combined journal, Six Weeks` Tour, reworked by Mary Shelley, was published.

1817 Shelley published The Revolt Of Islam

1817 Shelley produced Laon and Cythna, a narrative poem that, because it contained references to incest as well as attacks on religion, was withdrawn after only a few copies were published

1817 A Proposal for Putting Reform to the Vote Throughout the Kingdom, as The Hermit of Marlow

1818 the Shelleys moved to Italy

1819 they went to Rome. Percy`s son william dies

1819 Rosalind and Helen, A Modern Eclogue; with Other Poems

1820 They moved to Pisa

1820 Prometheus Unbound

1820 Oedipus Tyrannus; or, Swellfoot the Tyrant. A Tragedy. In Two Acts Translated From the Original Doric.

1821 Epipsychidion

1821 Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats

1822 the Shelley household moved to the Bay of Lerici.

1822 Hellas: A Lyrical Drama

07/08/1822 Percy sailed to Leghorn to welcome his friend Leigh Hunt. During the stormy return voyage to Lerici, his small schooner sank and Shelley drowned with Edward Williams on July 8, 1822. The bodies were washed ashore at Viareggio, where, in the presence of Lord Byron and Leigh Hunt, they were burned on the beach. Shelley was later buried in Rome.

1824 Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley Edited by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

1839 The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Four volumes, edited by Mary Shelley.




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