Mary Shelley


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin) (1797 – 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. She was married to the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

In May 1816, the couple traveled to Lake Geneva in the company of Claire Clairmont. Their plan was to spend the summer near the famous and scandalous poet Lord Byron, whose recent affair with Claire had left her pregnant.

Forced to stay indoors one evening because of cold and rainy weather, the group of young writers and intellectuals, decided to have a ghost-story writing contest. One night Mary Shelley had a waking dream.  She recounted the episode in this way: “My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie…I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together—I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion…What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the specter which had haunted my midnight pillow.”  This nightmareserved as the basis for the novel that she entitled Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (1818).

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From Librivox:

1.  Frankenstein -  Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates the Monster . Rejected by society, the Monster vows revenge on his creator.

2.  Frankenstein (Dramatic Reading) - Mary Shelley's 1818 novel presents the Faustian story of a man who aspires to create life out of death, with disastrous results. The novel is constructed as a series of first-person narratives, delivered by Captain Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and his Creature, which makes it perfect for a dramatic reading. 

3.  Frankenstein (1831 Novel) - The novel was first published in 1818. Percy contributed a preface and later made extensive emendations. After his death Mary herself thoroughly revised the text and published it again in 1831. This is the text read in this project.

4.  The Last Man -  The Last Man is an early post-apocalyptic science fiction novel which was first published in 1826. The book tells of a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. The plague gradually kills off all people. Lionel Verney, central character, son of a nobleman who gambled himself into poverty, finds himself immune after being attacked by an infected “negro,” and copes with a civilization that is gradually dying out around him. 

5.  Invisible Girl   (10th story in the LibriVox Short Story Collection 006)
    6.  The Mortal Immortal   (13th story in the LibriVox Short Story Collection 008)
      7.  Transformation  (10th story in the LibriVox Horror Story Collection 005)
        8.  Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark - Mary Wollstonecraft (Mother of Mary Shelley)
          9.  The False Rhyme by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (18th story from Short Story Collection # 52

          10.  Mary - Eliza, Mary's mother, is obsessed with novels, rarely considers anyone but herself, and favours Mary's brother. She neglects her daughter, who educates herself using only books and the natural world. Ignored by her family, Mary devotes much of her time to charity. When her brother suddenly dies, leaving Mary heir to the family's fortune, her mother finally takes an interest in her; she is taught "accomplishments", such as dancing, that will attract suitors. However, Mary's mother soon sickens and requests on her deathbed that Mary wed Charles, a wealthy man she has never met. Stunned and unable to refuse, Mary agrees. Immediately after the ceremony, Charles departs for the Continent. 

          11.  Lodore - The author of Frankenstein returns with her take on an Austen novel. The mother is proud, the father has many vices, yet the aristocratic name must be kept. Even more so when lord Lodore dies. His wife and daughter find themselves without protection. This novel is concerned with gender equality, education and social justice


          Mrs Shelly by  Lucy Madox Rossetti (1843-1894)  - 

          Mrs. Shelley is a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, author of Frankenstein and other works, wife of Percy Shelley, daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin who penned The Vindication of the Rights of Women, and daughter of William Godwin, a philosopher and novelist.
          Mark Twain pulls no punches while exposing the "real" Percy Shelley in this scathing condemnation of Edward Dowden's "Life of Shelley". Even though, as Twain writes, "Shelley's life has the one indelible blot upon it, but is otherwise worshipfully noble and beautiful", Twain shows how Percy Shelley's extra-marital conduct might easily be seen to have been the cause of his wife Harriet's suicide.
          Harriett Shelley reputation was blackened by Shelley's second wife Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), by Mary's father William Godwin (political philosopher), and by Mary's daughter-in-law Jane, Lady Shelley.   Percy  and Mary married in late 1816 after the suicide of Percy Shelley's first wife, Harriet.