Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poet & Idealist

Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Percy Bysshe Shelley dies in Tuscany. A poet and an idealist, he isn't very popular among his contemporaries, but he will become an idol for future generations of writers in Britain and America.

Shelley not only doesn't live to see how famous he becomes, he doesn't even live to see most of his works published because they are suppressed by the authorities.

In 1811, for example, Percy Bysshe Shelley was interrogated by the fellows of University College, Oxford, about his pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism. He refused to repudiate it and so was immediately expelled.

At the beginning of The Necessity of Atheism, Shelley wrote:

"As a love of truth is the only motive which actuates the Author of this little tract, he earnestly entreats that those of his readers who may discover any deficiency in his reasoning, or may be in possession of proofs which his mind could never obtain, would offer them, together with their objections to the Public, as briefly, as methodically, as plainly as he has taken the liberty of doing."
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