Frankenstein. By Mary Shelley. Her Life. Born in 1797 to leading intellectual radicals William Godwin, a political philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer promoting women’s rights and education. Her mother died ten days after giving birth.
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By Mary Shelley
Born in 1797 to leading intellectual radicals William Godwin, a political philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a pioneer promoting women’s rights and education. Her mother died ten days after giving birth.
Age 9 – hid under the couch to hear Coleridge recite, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. She received no formal education but her father taught her to read from his library.
Age 16 – M.S. and Percy Shelley eloped to France. They lived a privileged Bohemian lifestyle, traveling through France, Germany and Switzerland studying literature, languages, music and art. Percy died eight years later in a boating accident.
M. S. gave birth to four children in five years. Three died as infants.
Popular between 1760-1820
Main ingredients: mystery, horror, the supernatural and romance.
In literature, “gothic” suggests brooding atmospheres, explores the unknown and inspires fear. It features wild and remote settings (haunted houses, wind-blasted moors) or medieval castles. Plots involve violent or mysterious events.