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1 Hawkins, Desmond Shelley's First Love - The Love Story of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Grove
London Kyle Cathie 1992 1856260488 / 9781856260480 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Signed by Author
SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on title page 'Inscribed by the author with best wishes - Desmond Hawkins Sept, 1992'. A near Fine copy which has a small previous owner 's inscription to front endpaper with near Fine price clipped dustjacket. The story of Shelley's early love for his Wiltshire cousin, Harriet Grove, has suffered particularly, not only from a lack of first-hand information but from Thomas Love Peacock's uninformed prejudice and Thomas Jefferson Hogg's downright forgery of Shelley's correspondence (the pair had established the broad outlines of Shelleyan biography in 1858). The existence of Harriet Grove's diaries for 1809-10 had been known in 1898 but they were not accessible until a leading American collector, Carl Pforzheimer, authorised their publication in 1961. The discovery of Shelley's diary for 1810 and of Harriet's sister Charlotte for 1811, now published here for the first time, throws new light on a passionate teenage romance. 14 illustrations, 1 map and genealogical chart. **** NOT EX LIBRARY **** 
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