Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley | Poetry FoundationTo avoid confusion, I refer to her as Claire throughout the chronology. Published anonymously Unless indicated, all of Mary Shelley's publications are anonymous, although the title pages often attribute the work to "The Author of Frankenstein ", a designation possibly used both to appease Sir Timothy Shelley, who did not want to see his son's name in print, and to capitalize on the popularity of MWS's first novel. More MWS Resources. Skip to main content. Romantic Circles has moved! It also has a new look.
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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. Shelly's mother died less than a month after giving birth to her. She was raised by her father who was able to provide 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 , 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.
During a gathering of radical young intellectuals, the teenage Mary Shelley was compelled to begin a tale of horror and scientific wonder. Her story became that of the creator and his monstrous creation, Frankenstein , published anonymously in January
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This is a list of works by Mary Shelley 30 August — 1 February , the British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer , best known for her 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. Until the s, Mary Shelley was known mainly for her efforts to publish Percy Shelley's works and for Frankenstein. Scholars have shown increasing interest in her literary output, particularly in her novels, which include the historical novels Valperga and Perkin Warbeck , the apocalyptic novel The Last Man , and her final two novels, Lodore and Falkner Studies of her lesser-known works such as the travel book Rambles in Germany and Italy and the biographical articles for Dionysius Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia —46 support the growing view that Mary Shelley remained a political radical throughout her life.
Mary Shelley was born on August 30, , in London, England. She married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in Two years later, she published her most famous novel, Frankenstein. She wrote several other books, including Valperga , The Last Man , the autobiographical Lodore and the posthumously published Mathilde. Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, , in London, England. She was the daughter of philosopher and political writer William Godwin and famed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft—the author of The Vindication of the Rights of Woman