Mary Shelley: Author of "Frankenstein"

Mary Shelley: Author of "Frankenstein"

Mary Shelley: Author of "Frankenstein"

Mary Shelley: Author of "Frankenstein"

Synopsis

"The careful academic labours of this study would be thrown away if their end had been to illuminate the novels. On the contrary, however, it is the novels that serve as pointers." Times [London] Literary Supplement

Excerpt

A full century of alternating adulation and opprobrium has washed over the memory of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley since her death in 1851. It seems fitting, therefore, to present a fresh evaluation of her as a woman and as a writer: as Shelley's wife, as a member of the Byron-Shelley circle, as an observer of her world, as an author who made a small name for herself in the literary life of the first half of the nineteenth century.

My investigations have led me to the chief repositories of printed and manuscript material: the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Huntington Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Lord Chamberlain's collection of licensed plays, the Keats House and Museum in Hampstead, and the Keats-Shelley Memorial in Rome. They have opened to me the collections of Lord Abinger and the late Sir John Shelley-Rolls, joint heirs with the Bodleian of the Shelley papers belonging to Sir Percy and Lady Shelley. To them and to the Curators, Trustees, and Directors of the libraries and museums I am deeply indebted.

I have read and reread Mary Shelley's writings. I have explored the periodicals and annuals of her day and have . . .

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