Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser

TitleLaon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser
Year for Search1817
AuthorsShelley, Percy Bysshe(1792-1822)
Date Published1817. Some copies have 1818 as the publication date
PublisherPtd. for Sherwood, Neely, & Jones and C. and J. Ollier
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Poem. Includes a eutopia inspired by the French Revolution and the writings of William Godwin (1756-1836). The eutopia occurs throughout the text and stresses liberty, equality, and the emancipation of women.

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This was the original edition which was withdrawn and slightly revised because the printer objected to the suggestion of incest and the radicalism of parts of the text. It was rpt. as The Revolt of Islam; A Poem in Twelve Cantos. London: Ptd. for C. and J. Ollier, 1817 [Some copies have 1818 as the publication date] and was known under this title for some time, with the original title being restored in late 20th century editions. Rpt. as “Laon and Cythna or the Revolution of the Golden City [Usually known as ‘The Revolt of Islam’ 1817]”. The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Volume II 1814-1817. Ed. Neville Rogers. 4 vols. (Oxford, Eng.: Clarendon Press, 1975), 99-270, with “Note by Mary Shelley” (270-73) and “Notes” (360-95); as “Laon and Cythna; Or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser.” Ed. Jack Donovan. The Poems of Shelley. Volume Two 1817-1819. Ed. Kelvin Everest and Geoffrey Matthews (Hatlow, Essex, Eng.: Pearson Educational, 2000), 10-265, with an [“Introduction”] by the editor (10-29), extensive footnotes throughout, and “Fragments from the L&C Notebooks.” Ed. Jack Donovan (261-65); and as “Laon and Cythna; Or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser.” Ed. Michael J. Neth. The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Volume Three. Ed. Neil Fraisat and Nora Crook (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), 109-320, with “Commentary” by Michael J. Neth (550-941), “Historical Collation” (993-1061), Mary Shelley’s “Note on The Revolt of Islam” (1073-75), “The Revision of Laon and Cythna to The Revolt of Islam (1077-88), and “Shelley’s List of Errata for Laon and Cythna/The Revolt of Islam (1082).

Info Notes

Some copies have 1818 as the publication date.

Title Note

It was rpt. as The Revolt of Islam; A Poem in Twelve Cantos. London: Ptd. for C. and J. Ollier, 1817 [Some copies have 1818 as the publication date] and was known under this title for some time, with the original title being restored in late 20th century editions.

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Author Note

(1792-1822)

Full Text

1817 Shelley, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser. London: Ptd. for Sherwood, Neely, & Jones and C. and J. Ollier [Some copies have 1818 as the publication date]. This was the original edition which was withdrawn and slightly revised because the printer objected to the suggestion of incest and the radicalism of parts of the text. It was rpt. as The Revolt of Islam; A Poem in Twelve Cantos. London: Ptd. for C. and J. Ollier, 1817 [Some copies have 1818 as the publication date] and was known under this title for some time, with the original title being restored in late 20th century editions. Rpt. as “Laon and Cythna or the Revolution of the Golden City [Usually known as ‘The Revolt of Islam’ 1817]”. The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Volume II 1814-1817. Ed. Neville Rogers. 4 vols. (Oxford, Eng.: Clarendon Press, 1975), 99-270, with “Note by Mary Shelley” (270-73) and “Notes” (360-95); as “Laon and Cythna; Or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser.” Ed. Jack Donovan. The Poems of Shelley. Volume Two 1817-1819. Ed. Kelvin Everest and Geoffrey Matthews (Hatlow, Essex, Eng.: Pearson Educational, 2000), 10-265, with an [“Introduction”] by the editor (10-29), extensive footnotes throughout, and “Fragments from the L&C Notebooks.” Ed. Jack Donovan (261-65); and as “Laon and Cythna; Or, The Revolution of the Golden City: A Vision of the Nineteenth Century. In the Stanza of Spenser.” Ed. Michael J. Neth. The Complete Poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Volume Three. Ed. Neil Fraisat and Nora Crook (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), 109-320, with “Commentary” by Michael J. Neth (550-941), “Historical Collation” (993-1061), Mary Shelley’s “Note on The Revolt of Islam” (1073-75), “The Revision of Laon and Cythna to The Revolt of Islam (1077-88), and “Shelley’s List of Errata for Laon and Cythna/The Revolt of Islam (1082). L, PSt, VUW

Poem. Includes a eutopia inspired by the French Revolution and the writings of William Godwin (17561836). The eutopia occurs throughout the text and stresses liberty, equality, and the emancipation of women.