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Percy Bysshe Shelley Collection

An inventoryof the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 28 Sep 2010

Biographical History

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was an important English Romantic poet and author. Some of his best-known poems are "Ozymandias" and "To a Skylark" but he also wrote epic poems (Alastor, Adonaïs, The Revolt of Islam), plays (Prometheus Unbound), and gothic novels (Zastrozzi, St. Irvyne). His wife was the novelist Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.

Their only surviving son, Percy Florence Shelley (1819-1889), was born in Italy. He studied at Cambridge and upon the death of his grandfather became Sir Percy, 3rd Baronet of Castle Goring, Sussex. He married Lady Jane Gibson (d. 1899) in 1848.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Percy Bysshe Shelley Collection consists of one fragment in Shelley's hand and three letters concerning him. The letter from Percy Florence Shelley, dated 14 Nov 1883, contains comments about his father's vegetarianism. Of the letters from Jane, Lady Shelley, one contains remarks on an article about Shelley published in the National Review and the other expresses gratitude to the recipient (unnamed) for his "understanding of [Shelley's] character."

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Shelley, Jane Gibson, Lady, d. 1899.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822.
Shelley, Percy Florence, Sir, 1819-1889.


English poetry -- 19th century.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Percy Bysshe Shelley Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1970, 1981.

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