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Mary Shelley (Paperback)

Author:  Miranda Seymour
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802139485
ISBN-13: 9780802139481
Sku: 30990613
Publish Date: 4/16/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1.75T
Pages:  672
Age Range:  NA
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A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year and a "Washington Post" Best Book of 2001, "Mary Shelley" gracefully moves through the dramatic life of the woman behind historyUs most legendary monster. The Mary readers meet here, brilliantly brought to life by Seymour from previously unexplored sources, is brave, generous, and impetuous.
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Washington Post Best Book of 2001, Mary Shelley has been called "a harrowing life, wonderfully retold" (The Washington Post). This "splendid biography" (The New Yorker) gracefully moves through the dramatic life of the woman behind history's most legendary monster. A daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the daring A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and the radical philosopher William Godwin, Mary Shelley grew up amid the literary and political avant-garde of early-nineteenth-century London. She escaped to Europe at seventeen with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, causing a great scandal. On a famous night of eerie thunderstorms, in a villa near Lord Byron's on Lake Geneva, they told ghost stories and tales of horror, giving birth to the idea of Frankenstein, a monster who has haunted imaginations for nearly two hundred years. The Mary we meet here, brilliantly brought to life by Seymour from previously unexplored sources, is brave, generous, and impetuous. Struck by tragedy, she lost three of her four children, and when she was only twenty-four, Shelley drowned off the coast of Italy. As Henry Carrigan of Library Journal said, this is "one of the finest and most significant literary biographies of recent years." "Miranda Seymour's biography of Mary Shelley provides a thoughtfully considered, lifelike portrait of a complex, often misunderstood character." -- Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times "[Miranda Seymour] has vivid narrative gifts and a perceptive understanding of the main personalities." -- Claude Rawson, The New York Times Book Review "Mary Shelley is the most dazzling biography of a female writer to have come my way for a decade." -- Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
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This biography of Mary Shelley sees her as a remarkably mature woman married to an egotistical and unstable man, emphasizing Mary Shelley's heroism in the face of great difficulty--the death of three of her four children, early widowhood, poverty, and the scorn of society. Miranda Seymour also reveals some of the biographical roots of FRANKENSTEIN and points out the many bold attempts her subject made to defend and improve the lot of the woman left alone in the world. A New York Times Notable Book for 2001.

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London Review of Books
"[Seymour's] biography is level-headed, thorough, scholarly and consistently sympathetic to its subject without lapsing into hagiography." - Anne Barton 02/08/2001

New York Times Book Review
"[An] affectionate and well-written biography....Miranda Seymour is a novelist as well as an experienced biographer....She has vivid narrative gifts and a perceptive understanding of the main personalities. Her account of Mary Shelley's writings is generally competent but pedestrian, and her view of FRANKENSTEIN inflated...." - Claude Rawson 10/07/2001

New Yorker
"[A] splendid biography...." 10/15/2001

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Product attributePublisher:   Grove Press
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