While in school Shelley was well known for his liberal views and was once chastised for writing a pamphlet titled, The Necessity of Atheism. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) is often thought of as a rebel and revolutionary. It is appropriate, then, that 'Ozymandias' - one of his most famous It was written in late 1817 as part of a competition between Shelley and his friend Horace Smith, and was published in The Examiner in January 1818. Percy Shelley skrev flere stridsskrifter med forsvar for politisk frihed, forlod hustruen og blev 1816 gift med forfatteren Mary Shelley, parret var fra 1818 bosat i Italien.
Returning to London little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets Percy again when he appears at her house in order to ask William to take him on as an apprentice. Previous (Percussion instrument). Next (Percy Grainger).