When people here Mary Shelley not much comes to mind, she is not the most well-known writer. Her claim to fame is her novel, "Frankenstein." She wrote4 this novel at the young age of eighteen; included in the novel is an intro that she wrote to explain how such a young person came about to writng such an unusual piece of literature. The word Frankenstein ha become a synonym for monster or creature. When I fisrt heard that we were going to read "Frankenstein," I could only think of the television show on Nick at Nite.
Mary Shelley was born in 1797, and was the daughter of two very intellectual leaders in England. Her father was a political philospher and novelist. Her mother was a pioneer in the fight for women's rights and was also a novelist. SHelley's mother passed away ten days after giving birth to Mary, but she was always a major influence. Mary was infulenced by her mother's writings and reputation. As Mary grew up she was always surrounded by bery intellectualy stimulating conversation.
Mary Shelley eloped at the age of sixteen with a poet, Percy Shelley. They were together for eight years and enjoyed much travel and studying literature, language, music, and art. Her husband passed away eight years after their marriage in 1822 from a boating accident. Mary's life was filled with much traged. She gave birth to four children who all died as infants.