Know Your History – 4th August – Percy Bysshe Shelley born

know your history - writingOn this day… 4th August, 1792 – Percy Bysshe Shelley born

Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not see fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death.

Did You Know

Shelley’s second wife was the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

On Writing

Best known for writing poetry but his first publication was a gothic novel, Percy Bysshe ShelleyZastrozzi (1810), in which he voiced his own heretical and atheistic opinions through the villain Zastrozzi.

Shelley’s story is fascinating including his friendship with Lord Byron, his divorce, his second marriage to Mary Shelley and his early death at the age of 30. For more info visit –

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