Mary Shelley

  • Brian Martin
Part of the Macmillan Anthologies of English Literature book series (AEL)


A radical background produced Mary Shelley: she was the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1814 she eloped with the married poet, Shelley, and they left England for Italy. After Harriet Shelley’s suicide in 1816, they married. As a precocious nineteen-year-old she wrote Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, published 1818, variously interpreted, but remarkable as an early and dire warning of scientific invention and development unrestrained by the checks of moral considerations; at the same time it is an extravaganza of the Gothic imagination.


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