Mary Shelley Letters Discovered

January 9, 2014

Mary Shelley's sealUnpublished letters by author Mary Shelley were found by professor of English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University Nora Crook. While researching an obscure 19th-century novelist, she saw a “listing for 13 documents at Essex Record Office, catalogued under the tantalising words: “Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley” – and knew they had never been published before. The letters dated between 1831 to 1849 were written to stockbroker Horace Smith (friend of Mary’s husband poet Percy Bysshe Shelley) and his daughter Eliza and discuss Mary’s declining health and her pride in her son – but surprisingly don’t  mention Frankenstein at all. Some of the letters are still stamped with the author’s own scarlet wax seal. Read more of this fascinating discovery here. And check the EPL catalog for works by Mary Shelley.


National Poetry Month: April 1st

April 1, 2013

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


This poem was selected by Russell J. (Readers’ Services)

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