Shelley in Edinburgh

I live in a city built on books.

It comes with many glorious perks.

But how did I only find out today, exactly 7 years and 3 months after I arrived, that Percy Bysshe Shelly shacked up with an under-age minor [with whom he was eloping], a certain Harriet Westbrooke, in a flat on George Street?

I’ll never look at the current resident’s [a hairdresser] door the same way again.

It’s next to the Assembly Rooms [the hot party spot of the time], and I am not a bit surprised.

I can only bemoan the fact that high school English would have been so much more fun if they’d kept in the drama.

How sordid! How fascinating!

He is, in fact, the only Romantic poet I actually remember from my studies and not because I adored deconstructing Ode to a Skylark for three weeks or because he was married to the author of Frankenstein, but because he drowned tragically. And his dead body was burned on a pyre in Italy. Legend says that a friend snatched his heart from the decomposing body before it went up in flames.

I admit it, I am a sucker for wildly ridiculous and passionate drama.  It’s a wonder I don’t read the tabloids and watch Hollyoaks.

Advertisements
Comments
2 Responses to “Shelley in Edinburgh”
  1. Ooo I did not know that. I’m going to end up glancing oddly at that hairdressers next time I walk down George St.

    Like

  2. College classes were SO much more interesting in large part b/c the backstory like that wasn’t edited out… 🙂

    Like

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

  • Tweet, tweet

    • RT @Jennifer__Brett: A metro Atlanta mom bought a vintage projector at Goodwill, not realizing until later it was full of the most amazing…...... 5 days ago
    • RT @ddale8: For the first time, we were able to compare Trump’s false words to his total words, on a weekly basis. Here’s the trendline in…...... 5 days ago
    • RT @aaprocter: Museums falling over each other asking how to acquire that baby balloon but not working on the racist, imperialist violence…...... 5 days ago
%d bloggers like this: