previous next

Chapter 3: a Shelley manuscript

Were I to hear to-morrow that the main library of Harvard University, with every one of its 334,000 volumes, had been reduced to ashes, there is in my mind no question what book I should most regret. It is that unique, battered, dingy little quarto volume of Shelley's manuscript poems in his own handwriting and that of his wife first given by Miss Jane Clairmont (Shelley's “Constantia” ) to Mr. Edward A. Silsbee, and then presented by him to the library. Not only is it full of that aroma of fascination which belongs to the actual handiwork of a master, but its numerous corrections and interlineations make the reader feel that he is actually travelling in the pathway of that delicate mind. Mr. George E. Woodberry had the use of it; he printed in the Harvard University Calendar a facsimile of the “Ode to a Skylark” as given in

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Shelley (2)
George E. Woodberry (1)
Edward A. Silsbee (1)
Constantia (1)
Jane Clairmont (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: