A major figure among the English Romantic poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley led an unconventional life and died tragically young.
He was born on 4 August 1792 near Horsham in Sussex. His father was a member of parliament. Shelley was educated at Eton and at Oxford University. There he began to read radical writers such as Tom Paine and William Godwin. In 1811, he was expelled for his contribution to a pamphlet supporting atheism. Continue reading here.