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The Text of Shelley's Death Paperback – 31 Oct 2001


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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: West House Books; New Ed edition (31 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904052002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904052005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,170,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Everybody knows the text of Shelley's death,' this book begins. And the bare bones, I guess, are common knowledge: Percy Shelley setting off in his new yacht from Leghorn on a clear day, the storm whipping up within a few hours, the disappearance, the anguished search, the eventual discovery of his corpse on the shoreline.
Halsey - a fine poet himself - takes all of the varied and varying accounts of the poet's death and does an interesting thing; instead of sifting through them as an historian might, he butts them up against each other, forcing the contradictions to rise to the surface. Thus, constantly repeating and self-contradicting, it becomes a story of doubling; people and boats change names, books change titles, people appear in two places at once. It is not so much `What or where is the truth?' but `All of this is the truth.' All this myth-making, setting off in different directions, on different days... in the end, it is the chaos, the storm, that is the truth.
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