1797 – 1851
Who was Mary Shelley?
Mary Shelley was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
Mary Godwin's mother died when she was eleven days old; afterwards, she and her older half-sister, Fanny Imlay, were raised by her father. When Mary was four, Godwin married his neighbour, Mary Jane Clairmont. Godwin provided his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his liberal political theories. In 1814, Mary Godwin began a romantic relationship with one of her father’s political followers, the married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Together with Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, they left for France and travelled through Europe; upon their return to England, Mary was pregnant with Percy's child. Over the next two years, she and Percy faced ostracism, constant debt, and the death of their prematurely born daughter. They married in late 1816 after the suicide of Percy Shelley's first wife, Harriet.
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- Aug 30, 1797
Somers Town, London
- Also known as
- Mary W. Shelley
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- Mrs. Percy B. Shelley
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
- Mary Shelly
- Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
- Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
- Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley
- Shelley, Mary W.
- Mary Wollenscraft Shelly
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(1816/12/30 - 1822/07/08)
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
- United Kingdom
- University of Oxford
- Lived in
- Feb 1, 1851
- Resting place
- St Peter's Church, Bournemouth
on July 23, 2013
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