An examination of the whirlwind life of poet Percy Shelley. Includes rare archival records, documents, and portraits.
"Famous Authors" examines the men and women behind the words that brought them literary kudos. In "Percy Bysshe Shelley," viewers learn how the English poet formed his beliefs not from peers, but from those of John Locke and other Enlightenment thinkers, as well as from their sources: the Greek philosophers. Shelley viewed Athens society as a model to which he and his contemporaries should aspire. His works, including "Defence of Poetry" and "Prometheus Unbound," echoed his considerations of transcendent reality.