Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley

The world's most famous horror story was conceived by a young girl during a summer spent with a group of intellectuals in Switzerland (Mary, her husband Percy and Lord Byron)The wet summer of 1816 forced the group to stay indoors. They spent a lot of time reading German ghost stories in French and discussing about philosophical and scientific developments, such as wondering if perhaps a corpse could be re-animated,All those ghost stories led Lord Byron to lay down a challenge : to write their own ghost story, And one nignt, unable to fall asleep, Mary's semi-conscious brain sent her a terrifying vision : « I saw a student kneeling beside the thing he had put together, then I saw a man stretched out show signs of life, and stir with uneasy, half-vital motion, » She quickly understood that this nightmare was the source of the story she had been searching for.She began writing Frankenstein in 1816 at the age of 18 and was published in 1818.


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Percy Shelly was born on the August 4th 1792 in England and died on July 8th in Italy. He was a poet, a dramatist, an essayist, and a novelist. He was Mary Shelley's husband.

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A monster was created by a doctor called Dr Victor Frankestein, Rejected by everyone because of his ugliness, the monster avenged himself on his enemy, his creator, by killing his family.

Within two weeks, Percy and Mary were married in London on December 30, 1816. Early the next year, the couple moved to Marlow, England and a third child, Clara Everina, was born. In 1818, the Shelley's left England for Italy to escape mounting debt and to improve Percy's health. It was during this time that both small children died; Clara died in September 1818, and William died the following June, in 1819. She did recover later in November 1819 when her son Percy was born in Florence, Italy. He would become the only Shelley child to survive to adulthoodBut on July 8, 1822, her husband was drowned at sea in a boating accident off the coast of Livorno in Italy. By now, her life was seemingly connected to tragedy. Her son married in 1848, and Mary lived with him and his wife until she died. On February 1, 1851 Mary died in London and was buried in Bournemouth IN England

Mary Shelley was born on August 30th 1797 in London. Her mother died only a few days after her birth so she was raised by her father.. From an early age, Mary was encouraged by her father to write letters and she took an early liking to writing. Between June 1812 and March 1814, Mary lived with relatives in Scotland. It was upon her return visits to London that she met Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their relationship began. Mary and Percy left England for France in June 1814 to begin a life together. Shelley was still married to his first wife, Harriet Westbrook. In late 1814, Mary and Percy returned to England and lived hidden to avoid his first wife and previous back debts. In February 1815, Mary gave birth to a daughter, who was born prematurely and who died in March of the same year. The couple settled in Bishopgate, England and a second child, William, was born. But in November 1816, Fanny, Mary's half-sister, committed suicide. A few weeks later, Shelley's first wife Harriet also killed herself.

Her works and the way she belongs to Romanticism.Mary Shelley is a key figure in the 19th century Romanticism . She is incontestably the most well-known female figure in the romantic era . She is famous for the darkness and intense emotions ever-present in her short stories and novels . Her poetry is not as famous as her prose , but still remains as characteristically gripping and emotionally intense .She wrote many masterpieces, most of which still remain forgotten in the shadow of her gothic classic : Frankenstein. The romanticism in this novel is the underlining of the distress and the angst of the storyline described with fervour. Less well known , but stil extremely interesting , we could mention Matilda (a novella describing the romantic themes of suicide and incest ; The last man (a more fictional apocalyptic novel) or Valperga (a historical novel).Mary Shelley , though she produced different types of novels (historical, fictional, etc) still kept the themes of romanticism in every novel, poem, or short story she wrote .

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