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Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley!

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Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley!

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mary shelley
Born August 30, 1797



Who thought this up when she was just 18:


And went on to write six more novels and to survive her husband and three of her four children before dying in 1851.

"We think back through our mothers if we are women."
Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own."
  • Happy Birthday! I really should read Frankenstein one of these years.

    Although ivy03 did recently post this hilarious screed about Dr. Frankenstien's bad choices. At like, every point, almost everyone in the book makes the worst choice they could possibly make, it seems like.
    • lol! that pretty much sums up the plot of Frankenstein, starting with, "what would happen if I made a guy out of parts of dead bodies?" And then ran away.

      But it really is a fascinating and resonant book--I absolutely recommend it.

      But I love Mary Shelley on so many levels, despite her many bad life choices.
  • Oh, Mary. I was tutoring a girl and she had to prepare for a test about Bysshe, and all it said in her school book about her was that she'd had kids and married him, and that for a period they lived with their friend Byron in Italy.

    Me: O_o

    Girl: ?

    Me: No, no, no! Mary Shelley was a writer! Her work is much more famous, and more widely read than anything both Bysshe or Lord Byron ever wrote! She basically single-handedly invented sci-fi! While on a bender!

    Girl: !

    Me: As for their "friendship" with... you know what, that's a story for another day. I've already loaded you with enough information.
    • ack!! *tears hair*

      I'm so glad you enlightened her! I was just reading about how people thought Percy had written Frankenstein for the longest time. Ugh. You create a myth and still never get the recognition for it!
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