Frances Lavinia Rossetti
was the English-born half-Italian daughter of Italian refugee Gaetano Polidori
, a teacher and translator who had once been secretary to the Italian dramatist and poet Vittorio Alfieri
. She was seventeen...
Volume one included FH
's versions of Vittorio Alfieri
's Italian tragedy Philip the Second, Calderón de la Barca
's Spanish comedy From Bad to Worse, and G. E. Lessing
's German tragedy...
At her husband's prompting, MS
composed in 1818, the year of Frankenstein, a translation of Mirra, a drama by the Italian Romantic playwright Vittorio Alfieri
, whose subject-matter (from Ovid
's Metamorphoses) is father-daughter incest.
Purinton, Marjean D. “Polysexualities and Romantic Generations in Mary Shelley’s Mythological Dramas Midas and Proserpine”. Women’s Writing, No. 3, pp. 385 -11.