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Xix.—Notices Of Books-
XIX . —NOTICES OF BOOKS-- _^*» :
Shelley Memorials, Edited By Lady Shelle...
Shelley Memorials , Edited by Lady Shelley . London : Smith , Elder , & Co .
We may regard this book as the first authorised and thoroughly authentic addition to our knowledge of Shelley since the publication
of Ms poetical works by his wife , enriched by biographical notes to each year of their creation ; notes unrivalled to our mind as a
biographical composition , for their tender pathos and simplicity . Several volumes of recollections hy friends or acquaintance have , it
is true , from time to time appeared . Captain _Medwin ' s , Mr . Trelawney ' s , and later , two thick volumes hy Mr . Hogg , the early
college companion of the poet , in which materials furnished by the family were largely used . But those who had thus afforded their
aid , and to whom the literary fame and social repute of one of England ' s eminent sons were more peculiarly precious than they
could be to any others , felt that the use made of these materials was such as to present a most unfair portrait of him to the world . Hence
the publication by Sir Percy and Lady Shelley of a book which is to be accepted as an authentic family record .
That one edition should have rapidly sold off within a short time of its publicationis no matter of surprise to those who know how
, undying is the interest felt in Shelley ' s career . The volume is fascinating to many classes of readers and from different causes . To the
reviewer in this Journal , whose limited space and certain special aims preclude any wide notice of general literature , the " Shelley
Memorials " are chiefly remarkable , because they render our conception of the poet ' s wife so much clearer that they may almost be said to
add a new portrait to the gallery of celebrated English women . Many of her letters are scattered through the body of the work , and
a whole section at the latter end is headed " Mary Shelley , " and contains the sad and simple story of her widowhood and many
extracts from her journal . We give our readers all that we can find space for .
no " certain A . widow income at four and -and with -twent a child y years to supp of age ort ; ; coldl left in y regarded a foreign by land her , hus with
band Shelley ' s famil now y entered , and , possessed on a strugg of le no which influential she has friends described in as Eng ' land lonel ;— ' Mrs and .
y live < unsolaced d to see _/ crowne but which d with she success encountered and rewarded in the b true y happ sp ier irit days of heroism . , and lace to
letters grief " Th of . e and a first calmer in emotions the , journal but more of which horror intense fo at llows the kind them death . It how of will her deep be husband seen was , tlie in gave agony the p ensuing which
, , the nipresent young the widowed recollection heart of endured lira _, whose ; how genius abiding now the sense became of associated loss ; how with
om-• land all sig of hts Shelley and sounds ; and of his earth widow , sky , thoug and ocean h meeting . Italy everywhere had been with the chosen some ,
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Oct. 1, 1859, page 129, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01101859/page/57/