Shelling out for Shelley

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The Bodleian library and University College have acquired a new group of
letters written by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who was a undergraduate at the
college. The letters were written by Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson
Hogg over two terms whilst at Oxford,
and were addressed to the inventor Ralph Wedgwood. The letters were found in
the contents of a house, and bought by University College
and the Bodleian with aid by a donation from the AG Leventis foundation. Lord
Butler of Brockwell, master of Univ, said “I feel very excited indeed about
these letters.” Ronald Milne, Acting Director of University Library Services
stated, “These new Shelley letters not only add considerably to our
understanding of a significant point in the history of the University and one
of its most famous students, but they provide new raw materials for scholarly
research for our postgraduate and higher-level researchers in Oxford.”ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005

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