Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

b. 1797 CE – d. 1851 CE

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley emerged as a distinguished English novelist renowned for her Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Her literary prowess and critical role in editing and promoting the works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Romantic poet and philosopher, is truly commendable. Born to the influential political philosopher William Godwin and the esteemed advocate for women’s rights, Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s intellectual heritage is deeply embedded in profound philosophical and feminist principles.

The publication of her seminal novel, Frankenstein, in 1818 marked a transformative juncture in her life, inspiring countless adaptations and movies. While opinions may vary regarding Percy Shelley’s contribution, it is unquestionable that his encouragement played a pivotal role in shaping the final product. Mary Shelley’s remarkable legacy as a writer and her unparalleled contributions to the genre of science fiction demand the utmost recognition, solidifying her status as an indomitable force in the literary world.

Works By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley