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In Defense of Harriet Shelley

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In Defense of Harriet Shelley by Mark Twain is a thorough and engaging exploration of the life and legacy of Harriet Shelley, the often forgotten wife of famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Twain delves into the unique challenges and hardships Harriet faced, from her tumultuous marriage to her struggles as a young mother. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Twain brings Harriet to life, shining a light on her talents, ambitions, and ultimately, her tragic end.

Twain presents a compelling argument for Harriet's place in history, challenging the traditional narrative that has marginalized her in favor of her more famous husband. With eloquence and empathy, Twain makes a powerful case for recognizing Harriet as a complex and accomplished woman in her own right.

In Defense of Harriet Shelley is a captivating and thought-provoking read that sheds new light on a figure too long overlooked. Twain's impassioned defense of Harriet's legacy is sure to leave readers reconsidering their perceptions of this remarkable woman. A must-read for anyone interested in literary history, feminism, or simply a well-told story.

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Mark Twain pulls no punches while exposing the "real" Percy Shelley in this scathing condemnation of Edward Dowden's "Life of Shelley". Even though, as Twain writes, "Shelley's life has the one indelible blot upon it, but is otherwise worshipfully noble and beautiful", Twain shows how Shelley's extra-marital conduct might easily be seen to have been the cause of his wife Harriet's suicide. (Introduction by John Greenman)

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