Mary Shelley by Miranda SeymourA New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Best Book of 2001, Mary Shelley has been called a harrowing life, wonderfully retold (The Washington Post). This splendid biography (The New Yorker) gracefully moves through the dramatic life of the woman behind historys most legendary monster.A daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the daring A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and the radical philosopher William Godwin, Mary Shelley grew up amid the literary and political avant-garde of early-nineteenth-century London. She escaped to Europe at seventeen with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, causing a great scandal. On a famous night of eerie thunderstorms, in a villa near Lord Byrons on Lake Geneva, they told ghost stories and tales of horror, giving birth to the idea of Frankenstein, a monster who has haunted imaginations for nearly two hundred years. The Mary we meet here, brilliantly brought to life by Seymour from previously unexplored sources, is brave, generous, and impetuous. Struck by tragedy, she lost three of her four children, and when she was only twenty-four, Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy.
During a gathering of radical young intellectuals, the teenage Mary Shelley was compelled to begin a tale of horror and scientific wonder. Her story became that of the creator and his monstrous creation, Frankenstein , published anonymously in January Mary was born to literary parents: the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the political philosopher William Godwin. Two years later they returned to Europe once more, in the summer of , and Mary began writing her first novel in Switzerland. Both hands appear on the manuscript page.
William Godwin — was a poet, political philosopher, journalist, and novelist during the late 18th to the early 19th century.
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Shelley finished writing the first edition of Frankenstein when she was 19 years old. The couple were married in after his first wife committed suicide. Her Journal is a rich source of Shelley biography, and her letters are an indispensable adjunct. It narrates the dreadful consequences that arise after a scientist has artificially created a human being. The man-made monster in this novel inspired a similar creature in numerous American horror films.
He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Based on the success of both, Godwin featured prominently in the radical circles of London in the s. He wrote prolifically in the genres of novels, history and demography throughout his life. In the conservative reaction to British radicalism , Godwin was attacked, in part because of his marriage to the pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft in and his candid biography of her after her death from childbirth. Their daughter, later known as Mary Shelley , would go on to write Frankenstein and marry the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. With his second wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, Godwin set up The Juvenile Library, allowing the family to write their own works for children sometimes using noms de plume and translate and publish many other books, some of enduring significance.
Mary Shelley was a famous woman writer of the early 19th century. She is famous for her novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley was born on 30 August in Somerstown in London. Her father was William Godwin and her mother was the famous writer Mary Wollstonecraft. Unfortunately her mother died 11 days after Mary was born.