What can I say about the woman who wrote Frankenstein? That novel is so ahead of its time, but then again, the debate about reanimating dead tissue was going on in her lifetime. She paid attention and, with her creative genius, gave the world a remarkable novel.
We all know of that remarkable weekend in Lord Byron’s Villa Diodati, but do we know that she actually finished Frankenstein in her lodgings at 5 Abbey Church Yard, Bath?
Frankenstein or the Dream of Prometheus was published when she was just 21, while married to Percy Shelley.
She wrote other books after it, but the one I’m going to mention seems as remarkable as Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s The Last Man (1826) is well-ahead of its time also. I venture to say it’s a post-apocalyptic fiction. I don’t think that term would have existed in her day.
Its theme is death. Death was…
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