Review: Wild Spirit: The Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wild Spirit: The Story of Percy Bysshe ShelleyWild Spirit: The Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley by Margaret Morley

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm giving this two stars ONLY if you look at it as very young adult fiction, even though it's not listed as YA at any library or online book store that I could find. As incredibly shallow telling of the life of a very deep and complicated man, this is more travel journal (without any description of the places traveled) than narrative. When it's not doing a "and then he went to..." thing, we get some of the most unlikely dialog between some of the most literate people to have ever walked the earth. Was Mary Shelley really such a clueless nag? Was Byron such a self centered....okay, yeah, that one might be accurate. There are no author notes to say which part of the story is based on fact, or where Morley got her facts, and there's so little historical detail in this book that it's a joke to call it "The Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley". More like, "A brief history of Shelley and the people he knew".

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