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Mary Shelly (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851)

Mary Shelly

Mary Shelley, who is best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein, was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. 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.


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. It is a novel about a failed artificial life experiment that has produced a monster. It was also a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in its subtitle, The Modern Prometheus.

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