Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Frankenstein Day!

Did you know today was Frankenstein Day?

It's to honor Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley who was born on August 30, 1797.  Considered by many to be well ahead of her time, she wrote Frankenstein aka The Modern Prometheus in 1818.

Short bio? Mary fell in love with one of her father's political followers, Percy Bysse Shelley.  He was married.  She took a trip to France with him and a friend, Claire Clairemont, and when they returned back to England, she was preggers with Percy's baby.  Baby is born prematurely, dies.  Percy and Mary get hitched when Percy's first wife, Harriet commits suicide.  They travel across Europe, even spending a summer with Lord Byron.  Their second and third children die in infancy.  Then the fourth one, Percy Florence lives.  But Percy Sr. doesn't.  He drowns.  Mary takes P. Flo back to England where she focuses on being a mom and her career as an author.  She dies of a brain tumor at age 53.

Read Frankenstein for free at Project Gutenberg

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