Being Shelley by Ann Wroe
The Poet's Search for Himself (Vintage)

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From Ann Wroe, a biographer of the first rank, comes a startlingly original look at one of the greatest poets in the Western tradition. Being Shelley aims to turn the poet's life inside out: rather than tracing the external events of his life, she tracks the inner journey of a spirit struggling to create. In her quest to understand the radically unconventional Shelley, Wroe pursues the questions that consumed the poet himself. Shelley sought to free and empower the entire human race; his revolution was meant to shatter illusions, shock men and women with new visions, find true love and liberty—and take everyone with him. Now, for the first time, this passionate quest is put at the center of his life. The result is a Shelley who has never been seen in biography before.

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ANN WROE is the Briefings and Obituaries Editor of The Economist. After earning a doctorate in medieval history from Oxford, she worked at the BBC, covering French and Italian politics. She joined The Economist in 1976 and has held the posts of Books and Arts editor and American editor. She has written five other books and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Literature.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet.

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Three years later — on Nov. 7, 2009 — she gave what she calls her last concert at the Brady Memorial Auditorium in San Antonio.

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In an attempt to distinguish her pages from previous Shelley biographies, Wroe makes clear in the preface this is a work ‘about Shelley the poet rather than Shelley the man’, dividing nearly four-hundred pages into four parts: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, with three subchapters in each.

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