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Breaking Bad & Percy Bysshe Shelley

AMC released an unusual trailer for the final episodes of Breaking Bad, as star Bryan Cranston read “Ozymandias” by the great poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? If you want to explore more Shelley poetry and essays before the final episodes begin this weekend, we’ve collected a long list of free books by the author. Open Culture has more about the poem:

It seems perfectly in character, then, that the show’s producers would tease the final season with the ominous and dusty clip above, with Cranston reading Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet “Ozymandias,” a poem about the hubris of another desert tyrant—well-known for his megalomaniacal folly—Ramesses II (also known by a transliteration of his throne name, Ozymandias).

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Handwritten Frankenstein Draft on Display in England

The handwritten first draft of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein can currently be viewed in the “Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family” exhibition in Oxford. The show will travel to the New York Public Library next.

According to The Daily Mail, the exhibition will stay at Britain’s Bodleian Library until March 27, 2011. It includes materials from Mary’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley: his spy glass, baby-rattle, and a draft of the poem Ozymandias. It also features items from Mary’s philosopher parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Associate director Richard Ovenden offered this quote: “We are excited that the exhibition will travel to New York after closing in Oxford and enable even more people to learn about this extraordinary literary family.”