Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus when she was nineteen. (Yes, nineteen. Take THAT, Christopher Paolini. Okay, you may have been fifteen, but Eragon isn't exactly in Frankenstein's class, now is it?)

Mary Shelley’s life was a hotbed of drama. Her mother died shortly after her birth, her stepmother disliked her, she ran away with the (already married) poet and novelist Percy Blythe Shelley when she was seventeen, and the members of her social circle (which included the massively scandalous Lord Byron) were awfully prone to composing overwrought poetry, having incestuous affairs (again, Lord Byron), and committing suicide.

I suspect that, had we ever met, I would have found Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's company unbearable, and the feeling would have been mutual.


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Posted by: Julia


16 Aug, 2006 11:50 AM @ version 0

Ok Mary W Shelly was and is one of my favorite authors, just because she stood up the authors group and produced, Frankenstein, a monumental work in English literature, but 19 now is not 19 then! Read history. She was older than Chris was. The age when a person becomes an adult has changed!!! We need to keep a eye on the history.was different then. Think about how it was then. May W Shelly was blessed not to be pregnant at 14 at that time.

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