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.

 

Featured books by Mary Shelley

Other books by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley, Mark Roberts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2019

Exam board: AQA, Edexcel; Edexcel Level & Subject: GCSE English Literature; A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017 It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs. Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist with huge ambition, exceeds his own expectations when he manages to create life from an assemblage of dead body parts. Yet he has failed to think through the consequences and responsibilities of his action, with fatal results. First published in 1818, this genre-defying novel - part gothic tale, part science fiction, part philosophical exploration - invites us to consider whom we sympathise with: the scientist playing God or the monstrous creature he has created. Using Mary Shelley's revised 1831 text and including the author's own preface, this Collins Classroom Classics edition includes an introduction and glossary to support students, written by an experienced teacher.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end? Frankenstein leads us through vast mountainous landscapes and over frozen seas. Can he stop the fiend's murderous course? Is he prepared to do what the monster demands? The reader will be shocked and surprised. Is the monster as evil as he seems? Is Victor Frankenstein responsible for the tortures he himself endures? What can Frankenstein's terrible tale teach us today?

EDGE: Classics Retold: Frankenstein

EDGE: Classics Retold: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2017

Discover the classic gothic horror story of Frankenstein in this illustrated retelling, perfect for young readers Frankenstein is the terrifying tale of a scientist who uses his powers to bring a dead body back to life and creates a monster. Little can the scientist imagine the consequences of his actions, as he and his creation quickly become drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse, which only one of them can win... Adapted by Mick Gowar from the original novel by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein is part of a series of adaptations of well-known stories, designed to introduce young readers to the classics. Divided into short chapters and illustrated with modern black and white artwork, each title offers an accessible and exciting read. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2017

Victor Frankenstein is driven to the edge of insanity by his obsession with making a living creature. Using scientific experiments, he brings a monster to life, but when the creature begins to breathe, it's clear that it's intelligent and sensitive. Spurned by Victor and everyone it meets, it eventually turns on its own maker with tragic results. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2017

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, is often referred to as one the most important literary works of all time. Adapted and reprinted thousands of times, and often cited as the birth of the gothic novel and the science fiction genre, Frankenstein has captivated readers for centuries. This stunning edition is designed for a younger audience, complete with breathtaking illustrations and a more accessible, abridged text.It is the haunting tale of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates cognizant, ghoulish being through a scientific experiment. On a dark, stormy night the creature is brought to life by being shocked with an electrical current harnessed from a lightning storm. With its grim, but gripping narrative, Frankenstein is the classic story of life and death, humanity and monstrosity, and blurring the lines in between.

Oxford Children's Classics: Frankenstein

Oxford Children's Classics: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Scientist Victor Frankenstein, is determined to create intelligent life. He works night and day on his experiment until at last he succeeds. Only then does he realize that what he has created is a monster . . . Oxford Children's Classics presents this timeless gothic tale in this stunning new edition which not only contains the complete and unabridged text but also lots of bonus features to help you get the most from the story and recommendations for other adventures readers might enjoy.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Prosepine and Midas

Prosepine and Midas

Author: Mary Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Two Plays by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley "e;If fate decrees, can we resist? farewell! Oh! Mother, dearer to your child than light "e; - Prosepine and Midas, Mary Wollstone Shelley A short collection of two mythological dramatic works. A combination of Mary Shelley's drama and Percy Bysshe Shelley's lyric poems. Midas and Prosepine are two plays that were written originally as children's literature.

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 17/03/2016

A Banned Tale of Despair"e;To bestow on your fellow men is a Godlike attribute. So indeed it is and as such not one fit for mortality;-the giver, like Adam and Prometheus, must pay the penalty of rising above his nature by being the martyr of his own excellence."e; - Mathilda, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Mary Shelley's tale of young lonely girl who desperately wishes for a relationship with her absent father. When he finally returns after 15 years, Mathilda finds that his interest in her is beyond tragic. This novella is a perfect example of the period of Romantic literature and is filled with obsession, betrayal and crushing sadness. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/12/2015

Ladybird Classics: Frankenstein

Ladybird Classics: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2015

This Ladybird Classic is an abridged retelling of the classic tale of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. A perfect introduction to the famous story, it is ideal for adults to read with children, or for newly confident readers to tackle alone. Please note that due to some scary parts in places, content may not be suitable for very young or sensitive readers. Victor Frankenstein has always been fascinated by the darker side of nature One fateful night, his sinister obsession triggers a chain of events that will have terrible consequences for Frankenstein and those closest to him... Beautiful new illustrations and a gorgeous larger format with ribbon marker bring the magic of this classic story to a new generation of children.

FRANKENSTEIN (Dover Graphic Novel Classics)

FRANKENSTEIN (Dover Graphic Novel Classics)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/11/2014

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2011

This deluxe ebook package features Mary Shelleys classic gothic novel plus an extended excerpt of award winning author Kenneth Oppels thrilling prequel, This Dark Endeavor! What happens when an obsession defies your control? Victor Frankenstein has long sought the answer to creating new life. When he finally achieves his goal, hes horrified by the results and abandons his creation, ready to forget what hes done. But when tragedy befalls his family, Victor returns home to discover his creation is hiding nearby. To save his family from further despair, Frankensteins creature asks him to do the one thing he swore he never would do again. Mary Shelleys novel explores with chilling dimensions the questions that reside at our core. What is the fabric of life and the soul? Where are the limits of our imagination? Can mans reach shatter the boundaries between science, nature and God?

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2009

Classic stories retold in exciting graphic novel format. Each title includes high-quality artwork, simple text, discussion questions and writing prompts.

Oxford Playscripts: Frankenstein

Oxford Playscripts: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2003

An engaging classroom playscript. Frankenstein is the famous story of a young man who thinks he can change the world by making better human beings. Instead he creates a living monster with a mind of its own. New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/1994

One of the best known horror stories ever. Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to create intelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has made a monster. A monster which, abandoned by his master and shunned by everyone who sees it, follows Dr Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/1982

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