In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein (Hardback)Fiona Sampson (author)
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Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day.
Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever.
Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes today.
The life story is well-known. But who was the woman who lived it?
She left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters & records to find the real woman behind the story.
She uncovers a complex, generous character - friend, intellectual, lover and mother - trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.
Published for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, this is a major new work of biography by a prize-winning writer and poet.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 602 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm
"If we get another literary biography in 2018 as astute and feelingful as this one, we shall be lucky." - Sunday Times
"Sampson is as adept as Frankenstein himself, giving life to a figure who convincingly aches and bleeds ... the landscapes and interiors within which Sampson's subject moves are as crisply rendered as Frankenstein's own plane of Arctic ice." - Guardian
"Fiona Sampson is a sleuth of a biographer ... rarely has my jaw dropped on so many occasions while reading a biography." - Daily Mail
"Gripping ... Sampson has written a fascinating book" - The Times
"A daringly swift and enjoyably irreverent retelling of Shelley's life." - Observer
"Mary Shelley emerges from Sampson's book as an intellectual interested in moral codes or laws: a daughter of whom Wollstonecraft would have been deeply proud." - The Financial Times