The book launch of Percy Bysshe Shelley: Poet and Revolutionary, the latest book by Jacqueline Mulhallen, who lives in Stoke Ferry, is being held next Wednesday, November 25 at 7pm at the Wisbech Museum.
The book has already received international praise from scholars and poets, including the respected Benjamin Zephaniah, who said: “The world needs more Shelley, the world needs this book”.
Jackie said: “I am especially delighted that the Wisbech Museum is hosting this event because of its links with anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson.
“Shelley was involved in the anti-slavery campaign as a teenager in Horsham and Wisbech is the birthplace of William Godwin, who also influenced Shelley.”
On November 10, the Bodleian Library announced they had acquired a poem which Shelley wrote in 1811 when only 18. Shelley wrote it to support a journalist who had been sent to prison for exposing military incompetence which sent 20,000 men to their deaths in fever-ridden marshes and achieved no military objective.
It expresses Shelley’s opposition to war, colonialism and inequality of wealth, views he never changed. His famous line ‘Ye
Are Many, They Are Few’ from The Mask of Anarchy (1819) has echoed around the world.
This is Jackie’s second book about Shelley. Her first, The Theatre of Shelley (Open Books, 2010) is also internationally recognised as a major contribution.