Frankenstein

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); studies by W. A. Walling (1972), E. Sunstein (1989), and R. Montillo (2013).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Frankenstein: Selected full-text books and articles

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Collier Books, 1961
The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley By Esther Schor Cambridge University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Frankenstein in multiple chapters
CliffsNotes Shelley's Frankenstein By Jeff Coghill IDG Books Worldwide, 2000
Women's Vision in Western Literature: The Empathic Community By Laurence M. Porter Praeger, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Sympathy for the Devil: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818)"
Novelistic Sympathy in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein By Britton, Jeanne M Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 48, No. 1, Spring 2009
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Mediation's Sleight of Hand: The Two Vectors of the Gothic in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein By Crimmins, Jonathan Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 2013
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Composing What May Not Be "Sad Trash": A Reconsideration of Mary Shelley's Use of Paracelsus in Frankenstein By Peterfreund, Stuart Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 43, No. 1, Spring 2004
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Gothic Fiction and Folk-Narrative Structure: The Case of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein By Aguirre, Manuel Gothic Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, November 2013
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Readings of Homosexuality in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Four Film Adaptations By Eberle-Sinatra, Michael Gothic Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2005
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An Already Alienated Animality: Frankenstein as a Gothic Narrative of Carnivorism By Petsche, Jackson Gothic Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, May 2014
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The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film By Steven M. Sanders University Press of Kentucky, 2008
The Frankenstein Film Sourcebook By Caroline Joan (Kay) S. Picart; Frank Smoot; Jayne Blodgett Greenwood Press, 2001
Film, Horror, and the Body Fantastic By Linda Badley Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Frankenstein's Progeny"
Romanticism and the Human Sciences: Poetry, Population, and the Discourse of the Species By Maureen N. McLane Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Literate Species: Populations, 'Humanities,' and the Specific Failure of Literature in Frankenstein"
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