Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was an English writer best known for his Romantic poetry. His works include such poems as "Ozymandias," "Ode to the West Wind," and "To a Skylark," as well as poetic verse dramas including "Prometheus Unbound." Shelley led a tumultuous personal life. He scandalously abandoned his pregnant wife (who later committed suicide) to run off with his future wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The Shelleys were part of a close circle of creative friends who included Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and Thomas Love Peacock. Shelley died at age 29, drowning in a sailing accident.