Dear Friends of the Keats-Shelley Association,
The Bodleian Library has purchased the unique copy of Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, printed while he was a student at Oxford in 1811 and held under wraps since it came to light in 2006. It will be on display at the library beginning next Saturday. From its tantalizing state of being known but incomunicado, it has now, thanks to the Bodleian, been made universally accessible: the URL is http://poeticalessay.bodleian.ox.ac.uk. It is accompanied by a rich and characteristically learned introduction by Michael Rossington (http://poeticalessay.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about-the-text) and equally erudite notes by Nicholas Halmi (http://poeticalessay.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/notes) to create a totalized on-line edition. The Essay‘s ostentatiously religious cast, duly ironized, makes it a fitting bookend to The Necessity of Atheism.