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ISBN-10 0205816819ISBN-13 9780205816811
ISBN-10 0321202104ISBN-13 9780321202109
Author(s): Stephen C. Behrendt
Publisher: Longman
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 400

This new Longman Cultural Edition features Shelley’s poetry and political writing, emphasizing his role as radical theorist, political reformer, and passionate advocate of individual and civil liberty.

This thoughtful collection reflects the deep political convictions that inform works such as Prometheus Unbound and Ode to the West Wind, often regarded as abstract and esoteric.  Shelley's work is contextualized by contemporary accounts of events that spurred his writing, from the national outpouring of grief at the death of Princess Charlotte Augusta and the nearly simultaneous executions of Derbyshire reformist rebels, to the violent suppression of a peaceful reform rally in Manchester in 1819. Political caricatures and selections of radical writing from the periodical press enable today’s readers to recognize the political Shelley and understand his abuse in startlingly hostile contemporary reviews to this great, adventurous poet. 

Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of important literary works, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.

The following Longman Cultural Editions are available now: Beowulf, Hamlet, Othello, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Hard Times, Northanger Abbey, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, Dorothy Wordsworth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and WutheringHeights.

New titles include Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Forster's Howards End, and Kipling's Kim.