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.
Five Fascinating Facts about Mary Shelley
She was also married to the romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley and helped him edit and publish his works. On January 1, , Frankenstein celebrated its bicentennial, and continues to influence on all facets of pop culture today. Below are 43 gothic facts about the famous writer who, as a teenager, forever changed the world of horror. Bad women are basically Mary Wollstonecraft, whom he saw as unsexed or un-feminine. The joke ended up being on him. Mary Wollstonecraft is remembered today as an icon. The revelation of her unconventional beliefs ended up causing a huge scandal, and totally destroyed her name.
Frankenstein author Mary Shelley—whose nd birthday is August 30th, —lived a vibrant, controversial life nearly as dramatic as one of her books. From falling in love and leaving home at age 16 to writing one of the most influential sci-fi novels ever, Shelley defied expectations for the women of her time. Just as her work continues to compel readers, her life continues to fascinate as well—so much so that a film even focused on her tempestuous private life and the struggles she faced as a female writer in the early 19th century. Mary was born into a family of thinkers. Wollstonecraft was a prominent revolutionary voice pushing for social reform; her text A Vindication of the Rights of Woman argues for women's education and equality of the genders. Godwin was considered controversial both for his radical, anarchist views, and for the biography he wrote of his wife after her death from childbirth complications.
Frankenstein also proved to be an important mark in making literature contributions by women acceptable. Although Mary Shelley wrote more, none of her other works gained the popularity Frankenstein did. In addition to these, Shelley also wrote a number of short stories, travelogues and other works. Mary Shelley was born in London on August 30, Mary Wollstonecraft died only ten years after the birth of Mary Shelley. Being born to parents with literary interests, it was no surprise that Mary grew up to be a writer herself. Holding a keen interest in literature, Mary was self educated.
Frankenstein, the story of a mad scientist who brings the dead back to life, only to discover that he has created a monster, continues to be one of our lasting horror stories. Here are the nuts and bolts about the year-old tale that forever touched on our fears about what can go wrong when people play God. At age 16, she ran away with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Over the next two years, she gave birth to two children. While there, year-old Mary started Frankenstein.