Mary Shelley

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Date of Birth August 30, 1797
Place of Birth London, England
Date of Death Feb 1, 1851 (53)
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Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Shelley's mother died less than a month after giving birth to her. She was raised by her father who provided her with a rich if informal education, encouraging her to adhere to his own anarchist political theories. When she was four, her father married a neighbour with whom Shelley came to have a troubled relationship. In 1814, Shelley began a romance with one of her father's political followers, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was already married. Together with her stepsister, Claire Clairmont, she and Percy left for France and travelled through Europe. Upon their return to England, Shelley was pregnant with Percy's child.

About Mary Shelley

British author best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein. Her less famous works include novels such as Valperga, Perkin Warbeck, and The Last Man.

Before Fame

She was tutored by a governess, and she also attended a boarding school for a time during her younger years. She met Percy Shelley, her future husband and literary inspiration, when she was seventeen and he was an already-married twenty-two.


Though she wrote several essays and novels throughout her lifetime, she was only known for Frankenstein until the 1970s, when there was a renewed interest in her other work.

Family Life

Both of her parents were also writers. Her father was philosopher William Godwin and her mother was feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died just ten days after her birth. She married Percy Bysshe Shelley after bearing him an illegitimate child.


She famously created the story of Frankenstein during a scary story contest with her husband and poet Lord Byron.

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  • Mary Shelley (2017 film) - Mary Shelley is a 2017 romantic period-drama film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen. The plot follows Mary Shelley's first love and her romantic relationship with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
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