Friday, June 19, 2009

Mary Wollestonecraft tells a ghost story

On a rainy June 19th evening in 1816, Mary Wollestonecraft is in Geneva with her lover, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron, and Byron’s friend Polidori. It's Byron who suggests each of them write a ghost story. When the men can’t think of any good ideas, Mary writes one about a creature made out of spare parts from dead bodies. Back in England, she turns the story into a novel which she titles Frankenstein. The book will be published in March, 1818.

Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley appears twice in A Book of Ages, the same number as her poet husband. She will outlive him by almost thirty years.

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