Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

About the author:
  • 1797-1851
  • a pioneering feminist writer
  • married the radical-minded poet Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • best-known for her novel FRANKENSTEIN
  • wrote the novels VALPERGA, THE LAST MAN and LODORE
  • also wrote biographies and travel books.

The novel FRANKENSTEIN originated as a short story and grew into a novel.
It was first published in 1816.
It is a story about the creation of a monster.
It is a Gothic novel--a tale of the supernatural that features terrifying plots and dramatic, errie settings such as ancient ruins, haunted castles, wild gorges, and graveyards.
FRANKENSTEIN has been hailed as an important milestone in the development of the Romantic movement in Europe.
It is recognized as one of the earliest examples of science fiction.