Any man at a young age who attempts to write such a powerful Biography, as this is, deserves the utmost praise. Having read a mixture of contemporary and earlier biographical attempts, The Pursuit gives the most explicitly thorough and balanced account. However, I did notice that on Chapter 28, page 707-708 regarding the attack on Seargant-Major Masi, the actual assailant was not named as being Vincenzo Papi. I personally considered this information to be relevant, although I am also aware that maybe this information was not available at the time of print.
If I am to adopt the same approach as Richard Holmes in my analysis of this book, is it not necessary to point out this rather small oversight? This is by far the greatest Biography of Shelley, and with regards to Suzi Feay, I doubt that prior to the release of this book that anyone regarded Shelley as an 'ineffectual angel' except maybe those who felt it necessary to build a shrine in his honour viz Oxford University... the same University that expelled him for being an Atheist. If the Spirit of Shelley blew through the pages of this book, he alone would have a little to dispute; and would surely concede that Richard Holmes is indeed a formidable Biographer. Il figlio di un migliaio di progetti
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