Rare Shelley poem referring to India discovered



A rare pamphlet containing a hitherto unread poem by PB Shelley, containing references to British oppression in India and elsewhere has been discovered.

The pamphlet has excited scholars, who knew that it had been searched for in vain since 1811.

Shelley published the 20-page pamphlet under the anonymous pseudonym of "a gentleman of the University of Oxford", but his contemporaries at the university knew his identity, and his actions are thought to have precipitated his expulsion from Oxford.

The pamphlet's fate has been a mystery. No one knows how many copies were produced, whether Shelley sold any and whether the university authorities destroyed some of them. Read report

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