Fun Facts Friday: Mary Shelley
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 30, 2013

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August, 1787 – 1 February, 1851) was an English author who is most widely known for her novel, Frankenstein. Image from More Books by Mary Shelley Mary’s mother died only 10 days after giving her birth. Mary didn’t have a formal education, however she made great use of her father’s library. Mary met poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814. Percy was a student of her father and was married to his first wife when he and Mary (still a teenager) fled England. Shelley was 18 or 19 when she wrote Frankenstein when her and her husband played a game with Lord Byron and his wife where they each had to make up a scary story. Mary told of a dream she had while travelling in Geneva, which was the storyline of the novel. In 1815 Mary gave birth to a baby girl who lived for only a few days. The Shelleys suffered the deaths of two more children as well as a marriage riddled with adultery. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus debuted in 1818 and was attributed to an anonymous author. Percy Shelley wrote the introduction and many thought he wrote the novel as well….

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