ON THIS DAY, 1797...
On 30th August, 1797 Mary Shelley was born. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was an English novelist and writer best known for her groundbreaking work 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus'.
She was the daughter of the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the political philosopher William Godwin.
'Frankenstein', published in 1818, is considered one of the earliest examples of science fiction and Gothic literature. The novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a sentient creature through an unorthodox scientific experiment.
The creature, often referred to as "Frankenstein's monster," is rejected by society and ultimately seeks revenge against its creator. The novel explores themes of scientific responsibility, the limits of human knowledge, and the consequences of playing god.
Mary Shelley's writing was influenced by the Romantic movement and her own personal experiences, including the loss of her mother at a young age and her travels across Europe with her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
In addition to 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley wrote other novels, short stories, essays, and biographical works. She continued to engage with important literary and political circles of her time. Mary Shelley passed away on February 1, 1851.
Her legacy continues to endure, and her work 'Frankenstein' remains a classic of literature that has inspired countless adaptations, discussions, and interpretations across various media.