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Shelley's "Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things"

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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce myself. I'm a man of wealth and tas wait, no, that's a bit iffy...
I am St. Irvyne, and I have recently joined this community.
*bows to the several bots sitting around, looking expectant*

You may have heard that Mr Coleridge was to lecture here, this windy November evening. I grieve to say there has been some sort of mix-up. Mr Coleridge is prevented, dear friends, and there is none of comparable stature to replace him. All I am able to offer you, having rushed here from Porlock, is a smidgen of news which I can but hope will prove of interest to such discerning members of the Circle...

Without further ado:

In 1811, 'a Gentleman of Oxford University' published a pamphlet of a rather political nature, entitled "Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things"(consisting of a 172-line poem, an essay and notes; twenty pages in all). Not many people were aware, at the time - or indeed for about seven decades to come, that Shelley was the person veiled by that designation of authorship.

The work, which had soon become hard to obtain, was eventually considered lost. Then, in 2006, a copy turned up in a private collection. Only a mere handful of academics has had access to it in all that time. Recently, the Bodleian Library acquired (by purchase or donation, accounts differ) this only known copy of the pamphlet. They have put it on display until 23 December next, and have digitised the text - with a view, it seems, to allowing wider access.

Read a Guardian article on this

Aquaint yourself with the text

*slips away unnoticed*
Current Location:
This lazar house, my study.
Current Mood:
laid low, yet able to type
Current Music:
A clock ticks, close by.
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On November 28th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC), laced_victorian commented:
Thanks for the FYI!
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On December 6th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC), st_irvyne replied:
You are most welcome (and I a week late in replying, also very sorry).
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