This text makes available critically edited clear texts of all poems and translations that Shelley published or circulated among friends, as well as diplomatic texts of his significant incomplete poetic drafts and fragments. The multi-volume edition is arranged in order of first circulation. This first volume includes Shelley's first four works containing poetry (all prepared for publication before his expulsion from Oxford), as well as The Devil's Walk (circulated 1812), a series of short poems that he sent to friends between 1809 and 1810, including a bawdy satire on his parents. An appendix discusses poems lost or erroneously attributed to the young Shelley.
Donald H. Reiman is the co-editor of Shelley and his Circle, a catalogue edition of relevant manuscripts in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection at the New York Public Library, and an adjunct professor of English at the University of Delaware. Neil Fraistat is a professor of English at the University of Maryland. He is a founder and general editor of the Romantic Circles website, published by the University of Maryland.