Mary Shelley: Author of "Frankenstein"

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Preface

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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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - The Self-Examiner 3
  • Chapter 2 - An Adverting Mind 22
  • Chapter 3 - Activity of Remembrance 49
  • Chapter 4 - The Godwins of Skinner Street 83
  • Chapter 5 - Albe and the Pirate 107
  • Chapter 6 - Friends, Foes, and Family 128
  • Chapter 7 - The Author: Eager Aspirant 141
  • Chapter 8 - The Author: No Idle Activity 165
  • Chapter 9 - The Keepsake Of Mary Shelley 179
  • Appendix I 201
  • Appendix II 218
  • Appendix III 235
  • Bibliography 241
  • Index 245
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