7 February (1817): Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Jefferson Hogg

Shelley_lettersPercy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Jefferson Hogg met during their studies at Oxford University; the two friends were expelled in 1811 after they published The Necessity of Atheism, a flowery restatement of David Hume’s skeptical philosophyIn the letter below, Shelley reminisces over their youthful fireside conversations while denouncing the fault of pride. John Keats once suggested that Shelley “curb his magnanimity,” referencing an irascible passion for reform. The need for such curbing becomes apparent in the letter below.

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