Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly (born Mary Godwin, 1797-1851), better known as Mary Shelley, was a London-born author and daughter of the pioneering feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and the political journalist William Godwin.
In the midst of a story-telling contest with her husband (Percy Bysshe Shelly) and Lord Byron, Mary retired to bed and dreamed about an unwritten novel. The next morning she began the now famous Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, completed in 1818.
Shelly also worked at editing and promoting her husband’s poetry, helping him to gain recognition through her tireless efforts to get his work published.
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