Life Of Marry Shelley

Essay by Britni05University, Bachelor'sA, May 2008

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was a prominent English author who wrote many novels and during the romantic Era of English Literature. One of her greatest and most popular novels was the story of Frankenstein. Many say she wrote this gothic and romantic novel based on experiences throughout her life. Mary Shelley is the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, a famous feminist and the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, a famous English poet. These two people had a major impact on the young writer’s life.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly was born on August thirtieth in seventeen- ninety -seven in London, England. Mary was the second daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, father of philosophical justice. Mary’s mother died eleven days after her birth from puerperal fever. This left Mary’s father alone to raise her and her three year old half sister Fanny Imlay. William Godwin was deeply depressed and from doing the works of a mother to two young girls, he realized this was too much.

He then immediately went out searching for a second wife. He later married Mary Jane Clairmont. Mary and she did not get along very well. She seemed to neglect Mary and Fanny for her children of her own. Throughout childhood, Mary looked up to her father, often reading after him and his works. When Mary was only eight years old, she started reading her mother’s writings, at age ten she had them all memorized. As a child when times were bad and people were arguing in her household, Mary would walk to her mother’s grave at the St. Pancreas churchyard, where she would read and spend time pondering on her thoughts. In June the year of eighteen fourteen Mary was introduced to Percy Shelley around the age of sixteen. He became acquainted with her father and his...