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Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer   By: (1847-1902)

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In "Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer," Charles Sotheran delves deep into the life and ideas of one of the most significant poets of the Romantic era. Sotheran presents a comprehensive examination of Percy Bysshe Shelley's philosophical beliefs, political ideologies, and his impact as a reformer.

Throughout the book, Sotheran provides a detailed account of Shelley's philosophical development. He explores Shelley's early influences, namely his exposure to the ideas of classical philosophers such as Plato and his fascination with the works of William Godwin. Sotheran skillfully traces the evolution of Shelley's ideas, showing how they were heavily shaped by his own experiences and interactions with other intellectuals of his time.

The author highlights Shelley's deep concern for social justice and his fervent belief in the power of literature to elicit social change. Sotheran explores Shelley's engagement with various political movements and reformist ideologies, portraying him as an advocate for the rights of the oppressed and marginalized. By combining Shelley's poetry with his political writings, Sotheran successfully presents a comprehensive portrait of a poet deeply committed to effecting positive change in society.

One of the notable strengths of this book is Sotheran's meticulous research and attention to detail. He draws on a wide range of primary sources, including letters, diary entries, and unpublished manuscripts, which enables him to paint an authentic picture of Shelley's life and intellectual development. Sotheran's scholarship is evident throughout, as he thoroughly examines each aspect of Shelley's philosophy and provides insightful analysis.

However, it is worth noting that Sotheran's writing style could be somewhat dry and academic at times. While this is forgivable given the seriousness of the subject matter, it may deter casual readers who seek a more engaging narrative. Additionally, the book occasionally delves into minute details that may not be of interest to all readers, distracting from the overall flow of the narrative.

Overall, "Percy Bysshe Shelley as a Philosopher and Reformer" is a comprehensive and well-researched exploration of Shelley's intellectual contributions. Sotheran successfully captures the essence of Shelley's philosophy and his passion for societal transformation. This book serves as an essential resource for anyone interested in delving into Shelley's ideas and their broader impact on Romantic literature and political thought.

First Page:

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

AS A

PHILOSOPHER AND REFORMER.

BY

CHARLES SOTHERAN.

INCLUDING AN ORIGINAL SONNET

BY

CHARLES W. FREDERICKSON

TOGETHER WITH

A PORTRAIT OF SHELLEY AND A VIEW OF HIS TOMB.

"Let us See the Truth, whatever that may be." Shelley , 1822.

NEW YORK .

CHARLES P. SOMERBY, 139 EIGHTH STREET.

1876.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1876,

by Charles Sotheran,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

TO

CHARLES WILLIAM FREDERICKSON,

OF NEW YORK.

DEAR FRIEND:

As in ancient times, none were allowed participation in the Higher Mysteries, without having proved their fitness for the reception of esoteric truth, so in these days only those seem to be permitted to breathe the hidden essence in Shelley, who have realized the acute phases of spiritality. Among the few who have enjoyed these bi fold gifts, none have had more fortuitous experience than yourself, to whom I now take the liberty of dedicating this volume... Continue reading book >>




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