Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Shelley at Oxford   By:

Book cover

Thomas Jefferson Hogg takes us on an enchanting journey through Oxford in his book Shelley at Oxford. With impeccable writing and meticulous attention to detail, Hogg leaves no stone unturned as he delves into the life of the legendary poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, during his time at the esteemed university.

From the very first page, Hogg's narrative captivates the reader, immersing them in the bustling streets of Oxford in the early 19th century. The vivid descriptions and atmospheric setting transport us back in time, making it feel as though we are walking alongside Shelley and experiencing his triumphs and tribulations firsthand.

Hogg's deep understanding of Shelley's character is evident throughout the book. He skillfully portrays Shelley's rebellious spirit, his insatiable thirst for knowledge, and his unwavering commitment to his craft. Through anecdotes and conversations, Hogg exposes the inner workings of Shelley's mind, unveiling the complexities and contradictions that made him such a captivating figure.

The author's research is impeccable, as he seamlessly weaves historical events and anecdotes into the narrative. Hogg's meticulous attention to detail enables the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of both Shelley's personal life and the socio-political landscape of the time. Whether discussing the radical literary scene that surrounded Shelley or the various academic debates taking place at Oxford, Hogg's knowledge shines through, offering valuable insights into the poet's influences and motivations.

The book not only presents the academic and intellectual aspects of Shelley's life but also delves into his complex relationships with his peers. Hogg skillfully navigates the intricate dynamics between Shelley and his contemporaries, revealing insights into the friendships and rivalries that shaped his experiences at Oxford. From his tumultuous relationship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge to his deep bond with Thomas Jefferson Hogg himself, the intricate web of relationships adds another layer of depth to Shelley's story.

Hogg's prose is elegant and eloquent, evoking a sense of admiration and reverence for the poet he so clearly admires. His writing style is engaging and fluid, ensuring that the reader remains captivated throughout the entire book. Additionally, his use of primary source material, such as letters and diaries, adds authenticity and a sense of intimacy to the narrative.

Overall, Shelley at Oxford by Thomas Jefferson Hogg is an enlightening and poignant exploration of one of the greatest poets in British literary history. Hogg's meticulous scholarship, combined with his captivating storytelling, creates a compelling narrative that will leave readers both educated and enthralled. Whether familiar with Shelley's work or not, this book offers a profound insight into the life and mind of a literary genius.

First Page:







Thomas Jefferson Hogg's account of Shelley's career at Oxford first appeared in the form of a series of articles contributed to the New Monthly Magazine in 1832 and 1833. It was afterwards incorporated into his Life of Shelley , which was published in 1858. It is by common consent the most life like portrait of the poet left by any of his contemporaries. "Hogg," said Trelawny, "has painted Shelley exactly as I knew him," and Mary Shelley, referring to Hogg's articles in her edition of Shelley's poems, bore witness to the fidelity with which her husband's character had been delineated. In later times everyone who has written about Shelley has drawn upon Hogg more or less freely, for he is practically the only authority upon Shelley's six months at Oxford. Yet, save in the extracts that appear in various biographies of the poet, this remarkable work is little known. Hogg's fragmentary Life of Shelley was discredited by the plainly expressed disapproval of the Shelley family and has never been reprinted. But the inaccuracies, to call them by no harsher term, that disfigure Hogg's later production do not affect the value of his earlier narrative, the substantial truth of which has never been impugned... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books