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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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Other books by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Illustrator: Greg Paprocki Format: Board book Release Date: 30/09/2021

Have a MONSTER of a time with this little book-perfect for little hands! Dr. Frankenstein is lonely, so he decides to build himself a friend! But his creation scares him and the doctor runs far away. Follow along as Frankenstein's monster searches for his creator because he also wants a friend! Will Dr. Frankenstein help his monster? Discover the origin of the science fiction genre in this must-have board book edition of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. With foil on the cover and engaging illustrations throughout, Baby's Classics: Frankenstein is a delightful addition to baby's first story time collection! What do you think will happen to Frankenstein and his monster? Written with baby in mind, this gothic retelling promises to delight parents and kids alike. From Starry Forest Books, Baby's Classics will delight your little one with the world's best stories. Collect them all!

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2021

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2021

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2021

Lodore

Lodore

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2021

Beset by jealousy over an admirer of his wife's, Lord Lodore has come with his daughter Ethel to the American wilderness; his wife Cornelia, meanwhile, has remained with her controlling mother in England. When he finally brings himself to attempt a return, Lodore is killed en route in a duel. Ethel does return to England, and the rest of the book tells the story of her marriage to the troubled and impoverished Villiers (whom she stands by through a variety of tribulations) and her long journey to a reconciliation with her mother. Lodore's scope of character and of idea is matched by its narrative range and variety of setting; the novel's highly dramatic story-line moves at different points to Italy, to Illinois, and to Niagara Falls. And in this edition, which includes a wealth of documents from the period, the reader is provided with a sense of the full context out of which Shelley's achievement emerged.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2021

The Last Man Annotated

The Last Man Annotated

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2021

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