Mary Shelley, the pioneer of the science fiction genre, lived a life as fascinating as the stories she wrote.
Publishing her groundbreaking book Frankenstein at just 21 years old, Mary Shelly increased her incredible tenacity in facing anything her life could throw at her.
There is so much to tell about Mary Shelley that entire books have been written about her life (like Fiona Sampson’s In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein).
Here are 10 fun facts to get you started:
1- Her mother of hers, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a pioneer of feminist literature and a passionate activist.
2- Mary she ran away from home at age 16 to marry the poet Percy Shelly, although he was already married.
3- Frankenstein was born when Lord Byron challenged her to write a horror story at age 18.
4- Mary helped two friends to escape to France disguised as a married couple.
5- After the death of her husband, Mary kept her heart in a silk bag in her desk.
6- Mary Shelley was not recognized as the author of Frankenstein until 5 years after it was published.
7- The inspiration to write Frankenstein came from a dream.
8- Wollstonecraft’s feminist ideas can be seen in the writing of Mary Shelley, as in her novel Lodore by her.
9- In addition to losing her husband, Mary Shelley suffered the death of her four children, who never reached adulthood.
10- Frankenstein was not well received by the original critics, but the gothic classic soon won over readers.