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date: 20 January 2020

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This chapter examines two short Gothic novels and two pieces of short prose written by Shelley that seem to be introductions to tales or romances which he later abandoned. The themes and structures, literary sources and devices, and ideological agendas of these works are considered, particularly the two Gothic romances, Zastrozzi, A Romance (composed in the spring of 1809; published 1810) and St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance (composed 1810; published December 1810 but dated 1811). Both were written when Shelley was between the ages of 18 and 19 and in his final year at Eton.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poets, Romantic poets, Gothic novels, romances

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