Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born in London on August 30, 1797 and passed away on February 1st 1851. She is the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Shelley was  known as an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. During her lifetime, she also promoted and edited her husband’s works, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley is mainly known for her most famous work Frankenstein, which is still used in the popular culture of nowadays.

Mary Shelley lost her mother, a feminist activist, when she was only eleven days old. She was raised by her father who provided her with a well education. In 1814, she traveled through Europe with her stepsister Claire Clermont and her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Unfortunately, their prematurely born daughter died. Mary and her husband married in 1816.

The couple left England in 1818 and moved to Italy. In 1819, she gave birth to a son named Percy Florence Shelley, after two previous miscarriages. After her husband’s death in 1822, Shelley went back to England and consecrated her life to her son’s education and her writing. The last ten years of her life were difficult due to illness. Mary Shelley died from a brain tumor in 1851 at the age of 53. Recent studies showed that Mary Shelley has remained all her life as political radical by supporting the ideas of cooperation and solidarity, which was practiced by women in her Family.


“Mary Shelley”. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 27 March. 2017, Accessed 6 April 2017.


3 Replies to “Mary Shelley”

  1. Whoah!
    Great post Daphné!
    Sometimes, I find it very interesting to look at the author’s life before reading a book, and sometimes while doing my analysis of the book.
    Might you wonder if the early death of her mother affected her vision of death?
    In Frankenstein, the theme of death seems pretty explicit, as the Creature comes to life out of dead body parts, and many kills occur during the story, maybe that her mother’s death led Shelley to be numb with death?
    Great post
    Philippe Boucher

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    1. I had a class with Patrick Savard for an ALC class and we had to discuss Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s influences. What I learned is that her mother’s death really affected her. She was a woman who really thought dead people could be reanimated! In Frankenstein, Victor’s mother dies when he is a young boy! I think it is a reference to this diffult time of her life.


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