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Mary Shelley - Author

About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died of puerperal fever 10 days after giving birth to her daughter. Mary's labor lasted 18 hours and then it took four hours to remove the rest of the placenta. She was one of the first feminists, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and the novel The Wrongs of Woman, in which she wrote: "We cannot, without depraving our minds, endeavour to please a lover or husband, but in proportion as he pleases us." In the intellectual circles of London, her acquaintances included the painter Henry Fuseli, Erasmus Darwin, Charles's grandfather, and William Blake, who illustrated an edition of her book, Original Stories from Real Life.

Mary Shelley's father was the writer and political journalist William Godwin, who became famous with his work An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793). Godwin had revolutionary attitudes to most social institutions, including marriage. In feminism he found an "amazonian" element. Among his other books is Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794).

In her childhood Mary Shelley was left to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual circle, the critic Hazlitt, the essayist Lamb, the poet Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who came into Godwin's circle in 1812. Godwin took a second in 1801, but Mary never learned to like her. In 1812 Godwin sent her to live in Dundee. Mary published her first poem at the age of ten. At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with Shelley; they had met at the end of 1812. Percy and Mary married in 1816 - Shelley's wife Harriet had committed suicide by drowning. Their first child, a daughter, died in Venice, Italy, a few years later. In HISTORY OF SIX WEEKS TOUR (1817) the Shelleys jointly recorded their life. Thereafter they returned to England and Mary gave birth to a son, William.

 

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Frankenstein Puffin Clothbound Classics

Frankenstein Puffin Clothbound Classics

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Puffin Clothbound Classics - stunningly beautiful hardback editions of the most famous stories in the world Victor Frankenstein has made a terrible mistake. In his desperate pursuit to create life, he has created a monster. A monster which, abandoned by his master and shunned by everyone it meets, follows Dr Frankenstein to the very ends of the earth with horror and murder in its recycled heart. Mary Shelley takes the reader on a journey through St Petersburg, to the beautiful Swiss Alps, to the desolate waste of the Arctic Circle, in a story that has sent a chill down the spines of generations. 'A masterpiece' - Philip Pullman Also in Puffin Clothbound Classics: Black Beauty The Secret Garden A Christmas Carol The Wizard of Oz Treasure Island Dracula The Little Prince Wuthering Heights Tales from Shakespeare

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2020

Valperga

Valperga

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2020

Originally published in 1823, Valperga is probably Mary Shelley's most neglected novel. Set in 14th-century Italy, it represents a merging of historical romance and the literature of sentiment. Incorporating intriguing feminist elements, this absorbing novel shows Shelley as a complex and intellectually astute thinker.

Essential Student Texts: Frankenstein

Essential Student Texts: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2020

Inspired by the power of nature and excelling at science, the young student Victor Frankenstein learns how to create life. However he is so horrified at his resulting creation, with it's own mind, thoughts and desires, that he rejects it. The Monster seeks revenge through terror and murder leaving Frankenstein, the man who challenged nature and sought after power, haunted by his actions. The infamous story of Frankenstein and his monster is a powerful, disturbing and cautionary tale, as relevant now as when it was written. This Essential Student Texts edition of Shelley's classic comes with accessible and informative notes.

Falkner

Falkner

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Lodore

Lodore

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2020

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