Rosemary Ashton, 7 May 1987
Show More Forbidden Partners: The Incest Taboo in Modern Culture by James Twitchell.
Columbia, 311 pp., £15.60, December 1986, 0 231 06412 8Show More
Shelley and his Circle 1773-1822: Vols VII and VIII edited by Donald Reiman and Doucet Devin Fischer.
Harvard, 1228 pp., £71.95, October 1986, 0 674 80613 1Show More
Shelley’s Venomed Melody by Nora Crook and Derek Guiton.
Cambridge, 273 pp., £25, August 1986, 0 521 32084 4Show More
The Journals of Mary Shelley 1814-1844 edited by Paula Feldman and Diana Scott-Kilvert.
Oxford, 735 pp., £55, March 1987, 0 19 812571 2Show More
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Selected Letters edited by H.J. Jackson.
Oxford, 306 pp., £19.50, April 1987, 0 19 818540 5Show More
“... I delight in a palpable imaginable visitable past – in the nearer distances and the clearer mysteries, the marks and signs of a world we may reach over to as by making a long arm we grasp an object at the other end of our own table ... We are divided of course between liking to feel the past strange and liking to feel it familiar.’ Thus Henry James in the Preface to The Aspern Papers, the germ of which was the story of an American Shelley-worshipper seeking out the eighty-year old Claire Clairmont to trick or wheedle her into handing over precious documents illuminating her youthful relations with Shelley and Byron ...”