In Pursuit of Percy Shelley, “The First Celebrity Vegan”: An Essay on Meat, Sex, and Broccoli

  title={In Pursuit of Percy Shelley, “The First Celebrity Vegan”: An Essay on Meat, Sex, and Broccoli},
  author={Michael Owen Jones},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  pages={1 - 30}
  • M. Jones
  • Published 7 August 2016
  • Art
  • Journal of Folklore Research
Abstract:Through his writings opposing cruelty to animals and his vision of a utopian society infused with equality, social justice, and spirituality that begins with an individual’s diet, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley influenced generations of reformers and vegetarians. This essay examines his philosophy as embodied in his own alimentation. It answers for the first time the questions of why he devoted so much of his pamphlet A Vindication of Natural Diet (1813) to health and illness… 



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