Shelley and His Publishers

Stephen C. Behrendt

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Shelley and His Publishers

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This chapter discusses Shelley's relations with his publishers. Among these are John Joseph Stockdale, who in 1811 published Shelley's second Gothic romance, St. Irvyne, and Charles and James Ollier, his primary publishers beginning in 1817. Shelley's dealings with his printers and publishers often left them the losers – at least financially. The Oxford printers John Munday and Henry Slatter, for example, who had published the Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson at their own expense, were never paid. As late as spring 1822, Ollier was claiming that Shelley had a negative balance with him. It was only after his death that Shelley's works began to be profitable commodities for their publishers.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; publishing; printers; John Joseph Stockdale; Charles Ollier; James Ollier; John Munday; Henry Slatter

Article.  8297 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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