Mary Shelley

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1797–1851, English author; daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. In 1814 she fell in love with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, accompanied him abroad, and after the death of his first wife in 1816 was married to him. Her most notable contribution to literature is her novel of terror, Frankenstein, published in 1818. It is the story of a German student who learns the secret of infusing life into inanimate matter and creates a monster that ultimately destroys him. Included among her other novels are Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), and the partly autobiographical Lodore (1835). After Shelley's death in 1822, she devoted herself to caring for her aged father and educating her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley. In 1839–40 she edited her husband's works.

See her journal (ed. by F. L. Jones, 1947); her letters (ed. by M. Spark and D. Stamford, 1953); biographies by M. Spark (1951, repr. 1988), N. B. Gerson (1973), and M. Seymour (2001); C. Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (2015); studies by W. A. Walling (1972), E. Sunstein (1989), and R. Montillo (2013).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Mary Shelley: Selected full-text books and articles

The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley By Esther Schor Cambridge University Press, 2003
Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Collier Books, 1961
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Mathilda By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley University of North Carolina Press, 1959
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Valperga, Or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Stuart Curran Oxford University, 2000
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A Life with Mary Shelley By Barbara Johnson Stanford University Press, 2014
Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives By D. L. Macdonald; Anne McWhir; Helen M. Buss Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001
The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley By William D. Brewer Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001
The Other Mary Shelley: Beyond Frankenstein By Audrey A. Fisch; Anne K. Mellor; Esther H. Schor Oxford University Press, 1993
Broken Mirrors and Multiplied Reflections in Lord Byron and Mary Shelley By Mekler, L. Adam Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 46, No. 4, Winter 2007
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The Themes of Reanimation and Immortality in Mary Shelley's Short Stories By Marino, Elisabetta British and American Studies, Vol. 21, January 1, 2015
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Romancing Experience: The Seduction of Mary Shelley's Matilda By Gillingham, Lauren Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer 2003
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The Journals of Mary Shelley, 1814-1844 By Mary Shelley; Paula R. Feldman; Diana Scott-Kilvert Clarendon Press, vol.2, 1987
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