Shelley letters discovered in a trunk

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A newly discovered set of four letters written by Percy Bysshe Shelley to Ralph Wedgwood will be auctioned at Christie's in June, where they may sell for as much as £30,000. They were found among other materials in a dusty trunk at a house in Norbury, London.

The letters are part of a provocative correspondence on atheism by Shelley and fellow undergraduate pamphleteer, Thomas Jefferson Hogg. As the BBC and several other news sources in the UK are reporting, the manuscripts headed for a car boot sale when they were identified.

SJ

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