Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Born
in Somers Town, London, England
August 30, 1797

Died
February 01, 1851

Genre

Influences


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.

Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer in her own lifetime, though reviewers often missed the political edge to her novels. After her death, however, she was chiefly remembered only as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein. It was not until 1989, when Emily Sunstein published her prizewinning biography Mary Shell
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 273 pages, 1818
 
  30 votes, 18.3%

 
  24 votes, 14.6%

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages, 1814
 
  21 votes, 12.8%

 
  18 votes, 11.0%

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages, 1859
 
  14 votes, 8.5%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 192 pages, 1962
 
  13 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 6.7%

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages, 1862
 
  9 votes, 5.5%

 
  8 votes, 4.9%

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, 560 pages, 1951
 
  6 votes, 3.7%

 
  6 votes, 3.7%

 
  4 votes, 2.4%

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