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Mary Shelley: A Very Short Introduction

Charlotte Gordon

March 2022

ISBN: 9780198869191

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Famous for her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley was also infamous in her own time for breaking social and literary conventions, and taking a political and philosophical stance advocating for the rights of women. Charlotte Gordon explores the context and key themes in the life and work of this courageous, complicated, and accomplished woman.

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Famous for her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley was also infamous in her own time for breaking social and literary conventions, and taking a political and philosophical stance advocating for the rights of women. Charlotte Gordon explores the context and key themes in the life and work of this courageous, complicated, and accomplished woman.

  • Considers the social and literary context for Mary Shelley's life and works
  • Offers fascinating new insights into Frankenstein, particularly Shelley's emphasis on the importance of empowering women
  • Gives a critical survey of Shelley's literary career beyond Frankenstein, including six other novels, two travel books, and her short stories and essays
  • Dicusses the role Shelley played in promoting and editing the work of Percy B. Shelley
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Charlotte Gordon, Distinguished professor of English at Endicott College

<b>Charlotte Gordon</b> is the Distinguished Professor of English at Endicott College. An award-winning author, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Her latest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (2015) won the National Book Critics Circle award. She is also the author of Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet (2005), and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (2009). Most recently, she has written the Introduction to Penguin's re-issue of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Table of Contents

    1:Legacies
    2:Gothic rebellion
    3:Frankenstein
    4:Early female narrators in A History of a Six Weeks Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, and Holland and Mathilda (1817-1821)
    5:Valperga, The Last Man, and Perkin Warbeck
    6:The final work, 1835-1844
    Further Reading
    Index

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