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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Biography & Memoir

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Fiona Sampson

Mary Shelley as never before - a new biography that shows the woman behind Frankenstein

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781255285 (Published 18 Jan 2018)
£18.99

About the book

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged sixteen, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, creating two of our most enduring archetypes today.

The life story is well-known. But who was the woman who lived it? She's left plenty of evidence, and in this fascinating dialogue with the past, Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story. She uncovers a complex, generous character - friend, intellectual, lover and mother - trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.

Published for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, this is a major new work of biography by a prize-winning writer and poet.

About the author

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist.
www.fionasampson.co.uk

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 320
Subject: Biography & Memoir