Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) was an English writer. At 17 she fell for Percy Bysshe Shelley a political fan of her father William Godwin. Since Percy was already married they ran off and traveled through Europe. She is most famous for her Gothic novel Frankenstein. She got the idea during a storm while spending the summer with her lover and Lord Byron in Switzerland. After Percy’s wife committed suicide in 1816 the pair married. In 1822 her husband drowned when sailing during a storm. Mary went back to England devoting herself to her only child Percy Florence Shelley and his career as a writer. She died of a brain tumor at 53.

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