illustration ©2008 Skot Olsen

 

MARY SHELLEY

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was the daughter of anarchist political writer William Godwin and feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft. She met poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was sixteen, and Shelley became a follower of her father’s atheist philosopy. Mary eloped with the then-married Shelley in 1814, and bore him two children prior to the events retold in “Fantasmagoriana” in Fantasy Classics. In December 1816, shortly following the suicide of Shelley’s first wife, the couple married and in 1818 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus first saw print. She authored a number of other novels, as well as short stories, biographies and travel books, but none approached the popular success of Frankenstein.

 

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