When science student Victor Frankenstein creates a living creature to try and discover the secrets of life, he soon regrets his decision. Told through the correspondence of Robert Walton and his sister, Mary Shelley's classic story is a tale which warns us of the dangers associated with the pursuit of knowledge and man's attempts to change his destiny.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY was born in 1797, the only daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, who died a few days after her daugh- ter's birth. Mary eloped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (who was already married) in 1814. In 1816 they spent the summer with Lord Byron in Switzerland, during which time Frankenstein was begun. Shelley's wife committed suicide later that year, and he married Mary. Their two small children died in 1818 and 1819, and in 1822 Shelley himself was drowned. Mary had little money, but, largely supporting her- self by writing, she managed to send her remain- ing son te, Harrow and Cambridge. In 1844 Shelley's father died, leaving Mary in better circumstances. She died in 1851 and was buried at Bournemouth near her son's home.
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