In Search of the Novel:Ten Novelists
Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797. Her parents were the ardent feminist, Mary Wollestonecraft, and the radical-anarchist philosoper, William Godwin. She had little formal schooling and eloped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley at sixteen.
Mary Shelleys life was
filled with tragedy, from the death of
her mother in childbirth to the drowning of her husband when she was about twenty-five. Her first child died soon after its birth. Throughout
his life with her, Percy Shelley encouraged his wife to write. She
did so in 1816 when she was in Switzerland with him. She developed
and wrote Frankenstein for a contest involving ghost stories.
After her husbands death, Mary Shelley wrote Valperga, The Last Man, Lodore, and Falkner.
On February 1, 1851, Mary Shelley died. She was survived by one son, Percy Florence.
Web Site Addresses
- Mr. Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
This Website details the life of Mary Shelley her friends, her relationships and discusses her famous novel Frankenstein.http://home-1.worldonline.nl/~hamberg/
- Shelley's Frankenstein
Resources for the study of Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein.
- Frankenstein Study: Anatomy of a story
Information on Mary Shelley, her marriage to the poet Percy Shelly and on her book.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Conteporary Reviews
Reviews in major journals/newspapers by Shelley's contemporaries