Today we will lo ok at Mary Shelley, the author of the book Frankenstein. Her book withstood the test of time and became a classic for all generations past and present.
Who was Mary Shelley?
Who was the woman, behind this ageless Gothic horror novel? According to womenandhistory. com, Mary Shelley was born in 1799. She was the daughter of two writers, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, who were prominent English writers of their time. Mary also had the gift of writing; storytelling was easy for her. Unfortunately, her mother died soon after her birth but, she still had her father to emulate as a young girl.
At the tender age of 16, she married Percy Shelley who, “was one of the major English Romantic poets. He was regarded by some to be among the finest lyric, as well as epic poets, in the English language.” Nevertheless, her fathered did not favor this marriage. About.com tells us that her father would not speak to her for several years because of this sudden marriage.
According to Womenandhistory.com, the couple traveled to Europe and met up with Lord Byron, George Gordon, who was one of the most influential poets of the 19th century. He lead a life of debauchery and his behavior had an impact on the young couple. There was one good thing which came out of that relationship. The writers challenged each other to see who could write the best horror story. The men never dreamed that Mary, an unpublished writer, would win the challenge hands down.
Womeninhistory.com, goes on to say that Mary’s book was published anonymously. It did not get good reviews from the critics. However, it was very popular among the public. The book became the inspiration of several plays. Frankenstein was published a second time in France, in 1873, and this time it was published under her name.
The inspiration to write her horror story
What inspired Mary Shelley to write “Frankeinstein?” According to Wikipedia, Mary Shelley had traveled tthrough Europe in 1814. She visited the Frankenstein Castle in the Rhine, in Germany. It is alleged that this old castle may have been the inspiration behind her classic gothic novel bearing the name, “Frankenstein.” It is also said that she had a nightmare which also may have contributed to the inspiration behind her classic Gothic novel, “Frankenstein.”
The end of her life
Mary Shelley had four children; three of them died. Her husband also died. Mary Shelley continued to write until her death, in Italy, in 1851. She was very unhappy and never married again; her only solace was her writing.