First publication of 'The Masque of Anarchy' by P B Shelley

Book

Description

English

This is the first edition of Percy Byshhe Shelley’s poem ‘The Mask of Anarchy’, published in 1832. In August 1819 a huge but peaceful crowd of 80,000 had assembled in St Peter’s Fields in Manchester to hear speakers who were demanding parliamentary reform. When the unprovoked cavalry charged the throng, many innocent people were killed or seriously injured. Increased state repression ensued. The event became known as ‘the Peterloo Massacre’, and inspired Shelley’s response the following month.

His poem was composed in broadsheet ballad form; but because of its controversial content, it was published only posthumously in 1832.

Full title
The Masque of Anarchy. A poem ... Now first published with a preface by Leigh Hunt.
Published
1832 , London
Format
Book
Creator
Percy Bysshe Shelley , Leigh Hunt
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
C.58.b.11.

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