Shelley's Poetry and Prose
(Percy Bysshe Shelley, Donald H. Reiman (Editor), Neil Fraistat (Editor)
This volume contains one of the fullest, and certainly the most accurately edited, collections of Shelley's poetry and prose available.
Shelley: A Critical Reading
(Earl R. Wasserman)
Concentrating on the major poems, Earl R. Wasserman provides a comprehensive critical reading that is organized in terms of conceptual structure of Shelley's work. This achronological structure originates in the poet's contradictory impulses toward wordly perfection and an ideal postmortal existence. Through analyses of discrete poems-- the proper object of criticism-- the author maps Shelley's conceptual universe and traces his efforts to resolve the fundamental contradictions of his philosophy.
Shelley: The Pursuit
Shelley: The Pursuit is the book with which Richard Holmes, recognized as one of the most distinguished literary biographers writing today, first made his name. Dispensing with the established picture of Shelley as a blandly ethereal character, Holmes -- winner of the Somerset Maugham Award -- projects a startling image of, as he writes, "a darker and more earthly, crueler and more capable figure." Here we have the real Shelley at last - radical agitator, atheist, and apostle of free love, as well as a brilliant and uncompromising poetic innovator.