Skip to main content

Frankenstein: The 1818 Text: About the Author

Portraits of Mary Shelley


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, (born Aug. 30, 1797, London, Eng.—died Feb. 1, 1851, London), English Romantic novelist best known as the author of Frankenstein.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) is best known for her novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which has transcended the Gothic and horror genres and is now recognized as a work of philosophical and psychological resonance. In addition to Frankenstein, Shelley's literary works include several novels that were mildly successful in their time but are little known today and an edition of poetry by her husband, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, which she issued with notes that are now regarded as indispensable. Her reputation rests, however, on what she once called her "hideous progeny," Frankenstein.
Read more about Mary Shelley at Biography in Context. (Off-campus students will need to sign-in with their ICC username and password). 
Source: "Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley." Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998. Biography In Context, Accessed 25 May 2018.


Books About Mary Shelley