Concentrating on the major poems, Earl R. Wasserman provides a comprehensive critical reading that is organized in terms of conceptual structure of Shelley's work. This achronological structure originates in the poet's contradictory impulses toward wordly perfection and an ideal postmortal existence. Through analyses of discrete poems-- the proper object of criticism-- the author maps Shelley's conceptual universe and traces his efforts to resolve the fundamental contradictions of his philosophy.
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Author Biography - Betty T. Bennett
Betty T. Bennett is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University. She is editor of the widely acclaimed Letters of Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley and author of Mary Diana Dods: A Gentlemen and a Scholar, both available from Johns Hopkins. Stuart Curran is professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his books are Poetic Form and British Romanticism, Shelley's Annus Mirabilis, and Shelley's Cenci: Scorpions Ringed with Fire.