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Mary Shelley, long known almost exclusively for Frankenstein, is now being read for her later novels and her plays, as well as for her journals and letters. Her editing, reviewing, biographical, and journalistic work entitle her to the designation woman of letters. She is an important figure among women Romantics, and a channel for the reformist ideals of the 1790s forwards into the Victorian era.
30 August 1797 MS was born at 29 The Polygon, Somers Town, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 June 1816 MS, during a wakeful night at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, saw in a waking dream, "with shut eyes, but acute mental vision," the figures which became the two protagonists, creator and creature, of Frankenstein. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 June 1817 The firm of John Murray declined to publish 'Frankenstein or Modern Prometheus', which had been offered to them through H[orace] (or Horatio) Smith, a close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the author's husband. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1818 MS published, anonymously, her first and best-known novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Bibliographic Citation link.
July 1844 MS published, anonymously, her final book: Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842 and 1843. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 February 1851 MS died in London, from a brain tumour. Bibliographic Citation link.
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