Percy Bysshe Shelley – Born on 4 August 1792

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 4 August 1792, one of the leading unacknowledged legislators of the world was born, near Horsham in West Sussex.

To celebrate the day, here is a very critical newspaper review (published in 1821) of Shelley’s visionary poem, ‘Queen Mab’.

This fiery review reveals much about the reaction to Shelley’s political poetry, and highlights exactly why Shelley went into exile.

historical newspaper report about Percy Bysshe Shelley

Yorkshire Gazette – Saturday 14 July 1821


historical newspaper report about Percy Bysshe Shelley

Evening Telegraph – Monday 08 July 1929

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