Philosophical View of Reform (1820)

The poet Shelley also wrote non-fiction like this essay of the need for political reform in 1820. It remained unpublished until it was rediscovered in the late 19th century. It is a tour de force of analysis of the powerful interests which controlled British society in the early 19th century and a very interesting historical survey of how these elites came to power and retained this power.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Philosophical View of Reform (1820), ed. T.W. Rolleston (Oxford University Press, 1920).


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