Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford in 1811, but he’s currently in the spotlight at the university’s Bodleian Library. The exhibit Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family explores the literary and intellectual legacies, the triumphs and tragedies of the renowned poet; his wife, Mary Shelley; and her parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Among the items on display are Shelley’s notebooks, the covers adorned with his doodles and sketches, and a draft of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. (She came up with the idea for the eerie novel at the Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva, where she and her husband were visiting Lord Byron.) The exhibit also includes the gold, diamond, and turquoise engagement ring that belonged to the poet’s first wife and other objects on loan from the New York Public Library. Shelley’s Ghost runs through March 27.
Click here to explore the exhibit online, view a video introduction from the curator, and print the Oxford Walking Trail with sites related to Shelley.