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Mary Shelley

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Birthday
30, 1797
Birthplace
London, England
Death Date
Feb 1, 1851 (53)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
30, 1797
Birthplace
London, England
Death Date
Feb 1, 1851 (53)

About

British author best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein. Her less famous works include novels such as Valperga, Perkin Warbeck, and The Last Man.

Before Fame

She was tutored by a governess, and she also attended a boarding school for a time during her younger years. She met Percy Shelley, her future husband and literary inspiration, when she was seventeen and he was an already-married twenty-two.

Trivia

Though she wrote several essays and novels throughout her lifetime, she was only known for Frankenstein until the 1970s, when there was a renewed interest in her other work. 

Family Life

Both of her parents were also writers. Her father was philosopher William Godwin and her mother was feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died just ten days after her birth. She married Percy Bysshe Shelley after bearing him an illegitimate child. 

Associated With

She famously created the story of Frankenstein during a scary story contest with her husband and poet Lord Byron.