In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona SampsonWe know the facts of Mary Shelley’s life in some detail—the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, within days of her birth; the upbringing in the house of her father, William Godwin, in a house full of radical thinkers, poets, philosophers, and writers; her elopement, at the age of seventeen, with Percy Shelley; the years of peripatetic travel across Europe that followed. But there has been no literary biography written this century, and previous books have ignored the real person—what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did—despite the fact that Mary and her group of second-generation Romantics were extremely interested in the psychological aspect of life.
In this probing narrative, Fiona Sampson pursues Mary Shelley through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a nineteen-year-old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later. No previous biographer has ever truly considered this question, let alone answered it.
Mary Shelley: A Biography
43 Gothic Facts About Mary Shelley, The Woman Behind Frankenstein
Brian Aldiss certainly thinks so. What is the book about? The dangers of playing God or the need to be good parents? Shelley herself came from a strong family but also an unconventional one: her mother was influential feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, and her father the radical writer William Godwin. Then there is her relationship with her husband, Percy Shelley, who is often seen as the model for Victor Frankenstein.
On August 30th, , Mary Shelley was born, the author of one of the most iconic books of the 19th century. To honor her birthday and her remarkable legacy, here are 15 facts you may not know about Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley is often revered as a feminist icon who fiercely fought for recognition for her work. Her father, noted philosopher William Godwin, is considered the architect of modern anarchism. Sadly, Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to Shelley. Mary Shelley was considered a political radical throughout her life — and her writings, including Frankenstein, have been analyzed for their feminist and communist themes, as well as anti-Catholic symbolism and resistance against individualistic societies.