Shelley's German Afterlives traces the German reception of P.B. Shelley over a time-span of nearly 200 years, considering material as diverse as anthologies, journals, biographies, poetic imitations, translations. If German readers of the 1830s and 1840s were initially fascinated by Shelley's life and death, interest in the lyrical and the political Shelley set in soon, too. "Men of England" became the model for one of the most popular German working class poems by Herwegh. In the context of the fin de siecle and of expressionism, Shelley's Faustian characters?Cenci and Prometheus?received acclaim.

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