Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 - 1822

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Percy Bysshe Shelley ( (listen) BISH; 4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was 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 critical 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Percy Bysshe Shelley has received more than 6,250,469 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Percy Bysshe Shelley is the 245th most popular writer (up from 255th in 2019), the 183rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 187th in 2019) and the 25th 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 245 out of 5,794Before him are Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Christine de Pizan, Prosper Mérimée, Philip K. Dick, Alphonse Daudet, and Sallust. After him are Isabel Allende, Ian Fleming, Anna Akhmatova, Dario Fo, Torquato Tasso, and Carlo Goldoni.

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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 Nikolai Lobachevsky, John Herschel, Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, William II of the Netherlands, Karl Ernst von Baer, Caroline Augusta of Bavaria, Alexander Ypsilantis, Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and Johan August Arfwedson. 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, René Just Haüy, and Paolo Ruffini.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 183 out of 6,924Before him are William Golding (1911), Cary Grant (1904), Henry III of England (1207), Brian Johnson (1947), George Best (1946), and Bon Scott (1946). After him are Elizabeth Woodville (1437), Ian Fleming (1908), Anne Hathaway (1556), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Terry Pratchett (1948), and Helen Mirren (1945).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, Percy Bysshe Shelley ranks 25Before him are John Milton (1608), Arthur C. Clarke (1917), Roald Dahl (1916), C. S. Lewis (1898), Mary Wollstonecraft (1759), and William Golding (1911). After him are Ian Fleming (1908), Terry Pratchett (1948), John Keats (1795), Robert Burns (1759), William Wordsworth (1770), and Anna Wintour (1949).