Mary Shelly

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Mary Shelly

The inclimate summer of 1816 left the visitors (the Shelleys, Jane Clairmont, Lord Byron, and John Polidori) in the Villa telling one another Gothic German ghost tales such as Fantasmagoriana: Collection of the Histories of Apparitions, Spectres, Ghosts. The talent in the Villa drawing room superseded the literature being read so Byron suggested that they individually write a supernatural tale. Other than Mary's classic, the only extant story from this occasion is John Polidori's reworking of Byron's tale entitled The Vampyre: A Tale.The theme of Mary's book was not forthcoming. She admits that she was in the throes of writer's block when she had a vision, probably an image from the unconscious. In her final revision of Frankenstein in 1831, she describes the revelation:I felt that blank incapacity of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship, when dull Nothing replies to our anxious invocations. "Have you thought of a story?"I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination unbidden, possessed and guided me.. I saw with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, - the pale student of unhallowed arts standing before the thing he had put together, I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion... frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world. His success would terrify the artist; he would rush away from his odious handiwork, horror stricken.... He (the artist) sleeps but he is awakened; he opens his eyes; behold, the horrid thing stands at his bedside, opening his curtains and looking on him with yellow, watery, but speculative eyes.

Born on August 3, 1797Died at age54 from a brain tumor, February 1, 1851Married Percy Bysshe ShelleyChildren Florence Shelly, William Shelley, Clara Everina ShelleyEducated at University of OxfordAwards Nebula Award for Best Script (1976) and Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation (1975)


The Story of Frankenstein


In 1816, inspired by the company of Lord Byron and Polidori she had during the vacation at Geneva, Switzerland, this creative writer began to draft her first novel ‘Frankenstein’ (The Modern Prometheus).In 1817, this writer released a travelogue about her sojourn in Europe entitled ‘History of a Six Weeks’ Tour’ and at the same time, she continued to work on her horror novel.‘Frankenstein’ ( The Modern Prometheus) was published in 1818, which was Mary Shelley’s first novel but readers thought it to be Percy Bysshe Shelley’s creation because the introduction to the novel was written by him. Soon after its release, the novel became a bestseller and the same year, the Shelleys’ travelled to Italy.After her husband’s tragic demise, she travelled to England and took to writing as a profession in order to earn a living. In 1823, she published her historical novel ‘Valperga’ (Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca).In 1826, another novel by this writer ‘The Last Man’ was penned which is an apocalyptic science fiction novel. She published a few more novels such as ‘The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck’, ‘Lodore’ and ‘Falkner’.She even worked towards protecting and upholding her husband’s literary pieces and position in the literary world. The collection ‘Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley’ and ‘The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley’ were published by Mary Shelley after the death of her husband P. B. Shelley.This writer also wrote some articles for publications such as ‘Westminster review’and ‘The Keepsake’. Her travelogue ‘Rambles in Germany and Italy’ was published in the year 1844.‘Mathilda’ was the second novel of this writer but it was published posthumously, after about a gap of a century, in the year 1959. This novel encompasses the themes of suicide and incest.

Writer's Biographyof Marry Shelley

Clip of 1931 version of Frankenstein produced by Universal


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