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Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 - 1822

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Percy Bysshe Shelley ( BISH; 4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was a British writer who is considered one of the major English Romantic poets. A radical in his poetry as well as in his political and social views, Shelley did not achieve fame during his lifetime, but recognition of his achievements in poetry grew steadily following his death, and he became an important influence on subsequent generations of poets, including Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Thomas Hardy, and W. B. Yeats. American literary critic Harold Bloom describes him as "a superb craftsman, a lyric poet without rival, and surely one of the most advanced sceptical intellects ever to write a poem." Shelley's reputation fluctuated during the 20th century, but in recent decades he has achieved increasing critical acclaim for the sweeping momentum of his poetic imagery, his mastery of genres and verse forms, and the complex interplay of sceptical, idealist, and materialist ideas in his work. Among his best-known works are "Ozymandias" (1818), "Ode to the West Wind" (1819), "To a Skylark" (1820), "Adonais" (1821), the philosophical essay "The Necessity of Atheism" (1811), which his friend T. J. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Percy Bysshe Shelley has received more than 7,937,009 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Percy Bysshe Shelley is the 272nd most popular writer (down from 245th in 2019), the 212th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 183rd in 2019) and the 28th most popular British Writer.

Percy Bysshe Shelley is most famous for his poem "Ozymandias" which is about a broken statue of a king.

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Among writers, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 272 out of 5,755Before him are William Golding, Jordanes, Chrétien de Troyes, Valmiki, Shams Tabrizi, and Françoise Sagan. After him are Carl Spitteler, Guillaume de Machaut, C. S. Lewis, Paul Valéry, Antonin Artaud, and Marcus Terentius Varro.

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Among people born in 1792, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 3Before him are Gioachino Rossini and Pope Pius IX. After him are Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, Nikolai Lobachevsky, William II of the Netherlands, John Herschel, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Karl Ernst von Baer, Alexander Ypsilantis, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. Among people deceased in 1822, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 3Before him are E. T. A. Hoffmann and William Herschel. After him are Antonio Canova, Ali Pasha of Ioannina, Claude Louis Berthollet, Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen, Armand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis, Duc de Richelieu, Giovanni Battista Venturi, Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, Valentin Haüy, and Paolo Ruffini.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 212 out of 7,765Before him are Ecgberht, King of Wessex (800), Arthur Henderson (1863), Robert Brown (1773), Henrietta of England (1644), William Golding (1911), and Ken Miles (1918). After him are Brian Jones (1942), C. S. Lewis (1898), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), John Wycliffe (1324), Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843), and Henry Morton Stanley (1841).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 28Before him are John Milton (1608), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), Anna Wintour (1949), J. K. Rowling (1965), Roald Dahl (1916), and William Golding (1911). After him are C. S. Lewis (1898), Graham Greene (1904), John Keats (1795), Anne Brontë (1820), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), and William Wordsworth (1770).