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Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley
Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
August 30, 1797
Somers Town, London
Died February 1, 1851 (Age 53)
Chester Square, London
Positions Writer

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; born August 30, 1797; died February 1, 1851) was an English writer who famously crafted Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She is credited for her work on The Monster of Frankenstein.


She was born to political philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. She married Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of her father's followers.

In 1816, the couple went to Geneva to spend the summer with Lord Byron. While there, Mary heard about an experiment that caused dead limbs to reanimate. That night, she had a dream about a man reanimating a dead body. Since it was a rainy summer, the group spent their time indoors writing stories. It was then that she wrote Frankenstein.

Mary and Percy had three children who died before having a fourth who survived. Percy was killed when his boat sank in a storm. She eventually died of a brain tumor.

While Mary published many works, her most famous is Frankenstein. The book has been adapted into numerous stage adaptations, films, comics, and television series.

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