Lifelong friend of Shelley and co-author of "The Necessity of Atheism"
Shelley’s first wife. Mother of his first two children, Ianthe and William (“Willmouse”). Later separated from Shelley and committed suicide by drowning in 1816.
Harriet’s sister. Traveled with Shelley and Harriet from 1814-16.
English radical and philosopher. Mentor to Shelley and father of Mary (Wollstonecraft-Godwin) Shelley.
Feminist and essayist. Mother of Mary (Wollstonecraft-Godwin) Shelley.
First child (daughter) of Shelley and Westbrook. Later known as “Lady Shelley,” who commissioned the Shelley monument at Oxford University.
Son of Shelley and Westbrook.
Second wife to Shelley. Daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Mother to Clara, William, and Percy Florence Shelley. Author of
Half sister of Mary Shelley. Traveled with the young Shelleys from 1818-22. Lover of Lord Byron and mother of his daughter Allegra.
Children of Percy and Mary. Clara and William died as infants.
First-generation Romantic. Shelley’s work often mimics or mocks Wordsworth’s poetry.
Another first-generation Romantic.
Lifelong Shelley friend and editor.
Shelley friend and contemporary.
Shelley friend and accomplished British poet. Byron, Shelley, and Keats were the vanguard of the second generation of Romantics.
Shelley friend (albeit later in life) and the subject of "Adonais." Keats died at an early age in 1821, devastating Shelley (who died in 1822) and virtually ending the period of Romanticism.
Shelley contemporary and friend while in Pisa.
Retired British Lieutenant and friend of Shelley’s “Pisan Crowd.” Williams drowned with Shelley in the Mediterranean Sea while en route to Lerici, Italy, in 1822.
Wife of Edward Williams and presumptive lover of Shelley. Jane is the subject (being directly named) of several of Shelley’s final love songs.
British biographer most famously known for his incomparable
Shelley: The Pursuit (1974).