La MaMa Blogs: Ten Facts About Mary Shelley

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ten Facts About Mary Shelley

1. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Wollstonecraft died of puerperal fever shortly after Mary was born.

2. Mary began an affair with Percy Shelley when she was only 17. They began meeting each other secretly at Mary Wollstonecraft's grave in St Pancras Churchyard.

3. Frankenstein was written at Lord Byron's suggestion that he, Percy and Mary " "each write a ghost story" to entertain themselves while staying in Geneva.

4. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus was originally published anonymously in 1818, when Mary was only 20 years old.

5. The initial reviews of the Frankenstein weren't very good. The Quarterly Review described it as "a tissue of horrible and disgusting absurdity."

6. Mary Shelley gave birth to four children in her life, but only one survived.

7. In addition to Frankenstein, Mary also wrote the novels Mathilda (1820), The Last Man (1826), The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, A Romance (1830) and many short stories and travelogues.

8. Percy Shelley died in 1822 in a drowning accident while sailing in the Gulf of Spezia. Mary Shelley was a widow at 24 and never remarried.

9. In 1826, Henry M. Milner's adaptation, The Man and The Monster; or The Fate of Frankenstein opened on 3 July at the Royal Coburg Theatre, London.

10. Mary Shelley dies of a brain tumour in 1851 the age of 53.


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or, Let Us Seek Death!
Conceived and Directed By Randolph Curtis Rand
Written by Chana Porter
Puppetry by Benjamin Stuber
An Eric Borlaug Production

October 20 - November 06, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 4PM

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