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Percy Bysshe Shelley was born August 4 1792 at Field Place near Sussex England He was the oldest son of Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley He had one brother and four sisters His father was a squire and a representative in Parliament He went to school at the Syon House Academy and at Eton His teachers said he was an exceptional student His biggest passions were the spirit of revolution and the power of free thought His sensitive nature refusal to conform to tradition and his hobby of performing scientific experiments earned him the nickname Mad Shelley During his years as a student he had a wide range of interests He experimented in physical science studied medicine and philosophy and wrote novels and poetry By the time he entered Oxford in 1810 he had already published a novel named Zastrozzi He attended Oxford until he and his roommate were expelled for writing a pamphlet named The Necessity of Atheism His father visited him in London after he was expelled and insisted that he renounce his beliefs which included atheism vegetarianism free love and political radicalism Shelley refused He met and married Harriet Westbrook the daughter of a tavern owner His father didnt approve of their marriage so he took Percy out of his will Percy and his new wife traveled around England and Ireland the next two years distributing pamphlets and giving speeches against political injustice Percy had been writing poems since childhood but in 1813 he wrote his first important poem It was called Queen Mab In June of that same year Harriet gave birth to their daughter Ianthe Percy and Harriets marriage began to deteriorate In 1814 Percy visited his role model William Godwin and fell in love with Godwins 16-year-old daughter Mary She traveled around with Percy for a month and a half through France Switzerland and Germany On November 30 1814 his wife gave birth to his son
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