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Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet, and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She is best known for her novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which became a classic of English literature.

Mary Shelley was born in London. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

Shelley was raised by her father, who remarried after her mother's death. Mary received an excellent education, and she was encouraged to read widely.

Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer in her lifetime, though reviewers often missed the political edge of her novels. After her death, however, she was chiefly remembered as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein.

It was not until 1989, when Emily Sunstein published her prizewinning biography Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality, that a full-length scholarly biography analyzing all of Shelley's letters, journals, and works within their historical context was published.

The well-meaning attempts of Mary Shelley's son and daughter-in-law to Victorianise her memory through the censoring of letters and biographical material contributed to a perception of Mary Shelley as a more conventional, less reformist figure than her works suggest. Her own timid omissions from Percy Shelley's works and her quiet avoidance of public controversy in the later years of her life added to this impression.

The eclipse of Mary Shelley's reputation as a novelist and biographer meant that, until the last thirty years, most of her works remained out of print, obstructing a larger view of her achievement. She was seen as a one-novel author if that.

In addition to Frankenstein, Shelley wrote several other novels, including The Last Man, Lodore, and Mathilda. She also wrote short stories, essays, and travelogues.

In recent decades, however, the republication of almost all her writings has stimulated a new recognition of their value. Her voracious reading habits and intensive study, revealed in her journals and letters and reflected in her works, are now better appreciated.

Scholars now consider Mary Shelley a major figure of Romanticism, significant for her literary achievements and her political voice as a woman and a liberal.
vida del autor: 30 Agosto 1797 1 Febrero 1851




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the whole train of my pro­gress to­wards the cre­ation; the ap­pear­ance of the work of my own hands alive at my bed­side; its de­par­ture.
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Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred.’
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“Other les­sons were im­pressed upon me even more deeply. I heard of the dif­fer­ence of sexes; and the birth and growth of chil­dren; how the father doated on the smiles of the in­fant, and the lively sal­lies of the older child; how all the life and cares of the mother were wrapped up in the pre­cious charge; how the mind of youth ex­pan­ded and gained know­ledge; of brother, sis­ter, and all the vari­ous re­la­tion­ships which bind one hu­man be­ing to an­other in mu­tual bonds.

“But where were my friends and re­la­tions? No father had watched my in­fant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind va­cancy in which I dis­tin­guished noth­ing. From my earli­est re­mem­brance I had been as I then was in height and pro­por­tion. I had never yet seen a be­ing re­sem­bling me, or who claimed any in­ter­course with me. What was I? The ques­tion again re­curred, to be answered only with groans.


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