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Maurice, or The Fisher's Cot: A Tale

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In November 1997, a slight book sewn together with string was discovered in a palazzo in Italy. This was Maurice, the only children's story ever penned by Mary Shelley. Written two years after Frankenstein, Maurice is often read as a gloss of Shelley's personal family tragedies, bearing the same melancholy that distinguishes all of her works. As Claire Tomalin shows in her ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by University Of Chicago Press (first published October 27th 1998)
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This book is a children's story Mary Shelley wrote for a friend of hers in Italy and was not discovered and published until as late as 1999. This edition comes with a very extensive introduction (it's almost double the size of the story), where the personal history of Mary Shelley, her family and close friends is related, as well as how she came to know this Italian family and all the family affairs that led to the creation of this story. The introduction could be considered a story on its own, ...more
juan carlos
Dec 22, 2015 juan carlos rated it really liked it
Un hermosa historia que nos ayuda a entender el amor de una familia, la lucha por sobrevivir, pero sobre todo el significado perfecto de la palabra BONDAD. Cada escenario es misterioso y bello y el personaje te traslada a una depresión muy similar a la que cruzo esta escritora en su vida.
Mar 01, 2014 Mloy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was actual two version of this story in this book: one was the original tale written y Mary Shelley word for word and the other is a modern interpretation of the words. I actually liked the older, original version. There was just an innocence and a rhythm to Shelley's writing that I favored over the newer version. Aside from the story being truly enchanting and such a complexity in the plot, which was beautifully thought out. I loved how she plotted all the events that unfolded and intertw ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's cool that this unknown manuscript was discovered so many years later, but the story itself is pretty boring.
Courtney Denning
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstien, wrote this short children’s story for a family friend. When she gave it to her father to be published, he said it was too short and she ended up giving a handwritten copy to the child, Laurette, without publishing. In 1997, the small, fabric and paper booklet entitled, “Maurice.” The manuscript was authenticated by Claire Tomalin, who writes the introduction at the beginning of the book.

The introduction includes a lot of background information about Mary She
Lee Hutchinson
Mar 11, 2016 Lee Hutchinson rated it really liked it
I think possibly that if you've suffered as Mary Shelley suffered, you may find this tale enjoyable: ingenuous, moving and uplifting. If, on the other hand, you have not experienced a similar degree of suffering, or cannot empathize with such, then you may find it trite, mawkish and tedious. It may lead you to consider the extent to which suffering influences our potential to attain higher levels of emotional sensitivity - and, in turn, how those might impact on our general receptivity to langua ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I shouldn't've expected much, it is a children's story after all. It's not Frankenstein, in other words. A little canned, no depth, just a straight once upon a time...

Still, fascinating background as to its publication. I said recently on facebook that the Shelleys are interesting and impressive. The soap opera of their lives shown in the introduction moves me away from Mary and Percy again, but one cannot deny their talent.
Charleen Blaire
May 09, 2015 Charleen Blaire rated it it was amazing
I had had this book on my shelf for years and didn't know what it was, who bought it or what was it about. I grabbed it one day and COULD NOT STOP READING.
I finished it that same day and I adored it.
Everytime I think about this book I smile.
I told a few people they should totally read it and they all loved it.
It only takes one day to read and its a precious thing. Read it please.
Lane Anderson
Shelley's Frankenstein is one of my favourite books, so I had to pick up this long-lost story when I came across it in a used book store. A quick read that took me only half an hour to get through, this story is well told and enjoyable.
Dec 02, 2009 ben rated it it was ok
Okay Mary Shelley wrote it and it's been lost for years, but it's a children's tale. Kind of boring for me.
Amy Lee
This was pretty awesome. The intro & notes were really good.
Nov 22, 2013 Nance rated it really liked it
well researched
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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft ...more
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