Monday, January 31, 2011

Shelley's Ghost Exhibition Bodleian Oxford


Shelley's Ghost is an exhibition about Percy Bysshe Shelley in the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quad.

It is a small but worthwhile exhibition about Shelley, and his second wife, Mary - who came from a strongly literary family. The parents of Mary were William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.

After the tragic early death of Shelley, Mary played a key role in selecting various parts of his writings for publication. In 1893, the Shelley family passed many valuable items on to the Bodleian.

It is interesting to see several handwritten letters, in particular one from John Keat to Shelley. It makes you realise how vivid and passionate handwritten letters can be compared to the electronic screen, society is inexorably moving towards.

Shelley had a large heart, which is reflected in his political ideals, but also the way he treated his friends. He remained a staunch supporter of John Keats, even when he was critically unappreciated during his life.

Photography of the exhibition is not allowed. The above photo is taken of the inner court at the Bodleian.

Quotes by Shelley

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