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Mary Shelley - Author

About the Author

Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man. She died in 1851.

Maurice Hindle studied at the universities of Keele, Durham and Essex, gaining a Ph.D. in Literature from Essex in 1989. He currently teaches at the Open University.

Featured books by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2003

Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity. Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Shelley's preface to the first edition. This revised edition includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with A Fragment by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's The Vampyre: A Tale . Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the only daughter of the author and political philosopher William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman . In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married when his first wife died in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein , but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man . If you liked Frankenstein , you might enjoy Bram Stoker's Dracula , also available in Penguin Classics .

Other books by Mary Shelley

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Frankenstein Penguin Classics

Frankenstein Penguin Classics

Author: Mary Shelley Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/09/2019

Brought to you by Penguin. A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle. Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity. But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity.

Frankenstein - Foxton Reader Level-3 (900 Headwords B1)

Frankenstein - Foxton Reader Level-3 (900 Headwords B1)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2019

Frankenstein (1000 Copy Limited Edition)

Frankenstein (1000 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2019

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2019

Falkner

Falkner

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/2019

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2019

A brilliant, early dystopian tale of classic science fiction. The Last Man is a powerful, post-apocalyptic tale and precursor to the much later science fiction novels of H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison amongst others. Overshadowed by the titanic success of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's neglected masterpiece tells of a future laid waste by plague. Lionel Varney, an indolent nobleman, is immune to the savage effects of the disease having been bitten by an early victim. Varney is forced to watch the long decline of civilisation as humanity sinks slowly into extinction. FLAME TREE 451: From mystery to crime, supernatural to horror and fantasy to science fiction, Flame Tree 451 offers a healthy diet of werewolves and mechanical men, blood-lusty vampires, dastardly villains, mad scientists, secret worlds, lost civilizations and escapist fantasies. Discover a storehouse of tales gathered specifically for the reader of the fantastic. Each book features a brand new biography and glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2019

In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. `The rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...' Victor Frankenstein's monster is stitched together from the limbs of the dead, taken from `the dissecting room and the slaughter-house'. The result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker and starved of human companionship, sets out on a journey to seek his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness. Begun when Mary Shelley was only eighteen years old and published two years later, this chilling tale of a young scientist's desire to create life - and the consequences of that creation - still resonates today.

The Last Man (Volume II)

The Last Man (Volume II)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Last Man (Complete)

The Last Man (Complete)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Last Man (Volume I)

The Last Man (Volume I)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

The Last Man (Volume III)

The Last Man (Volume III)

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2019

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2019

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JEANETTE WINTERSON AND A CULTURAL HISTORY OF FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER What you create can destroy you. One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the Arctic ice caps is rescued from starvation by a ship's captain. Victor Frankenstein's story is one of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and his life can only lead to tragedy. Written when she was only nineteen, Shelley's gothic tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever published.

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2019

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2019

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

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