Winter 1942 • Vol. IV No. 1 Book Reviews |

The White Shelley

Shelley by Newman Ivey White. 2 Vols. Knopf. $12.50   Professor White's life of Shelley is justified not only by its use of materials unavailable to previous biographers but also by the scholarly exactitude with which in it the facts of Shelley's life are scrutinized and appraised. The new materials include letters not before published, corrected versions of letters published previously in garbled forms, and the journals of Mary Shelley and of Claire Clairmont. Although these additions to our knowledge do not greatly alter the picture of Shelley and his circle as previously drawn, they do sharpen individual portraits. Also numerous episodes in Shelley's life which were obscure or partly obscure have been clarified. Unless unsuspected documents should later be uncovered, Professor White's biography is likely to remain for an indefinite period the final authority upon all the ascertainable facts of Shelley's life. The distinction which pertains to Professor White's work is

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