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30 August 1797
1 February 1851
30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which is considered an early example of science fiction.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s best-known book is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818, revised 1831). She wrote several other novels, including Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck (1830), Lodore (1835), and Falkner (1837), and a travel book, History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (1817).
Mary Shelley makes full use of themes that were popular during the time she wrote Frankenstein. She is concerned with the use of knowledge for good or evil purposes, the invasion of technology into modern life, the treatment of the poor or uneducated, and the restorative powers of nature in the face of unnatural events.
Although she endured a hard life and witnessed many deaths, Mary Shelley influenced the world with her famous novel Frankenstein, her dedication to popularize her husband's work, her other great novels and writings and her independent and unconventional nature.
“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”
“The beginning is always today.”
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”