I'm Barbara Edwards and I read Frankenstein when I was ten years old. I had nighmares for weeks.Frankenstein is not a romance, but considered the first novel in the Romantic Era.The horror story has been redone many times on the stage and screen. Considered a classic, the story is the first to reveal the conflict between science and morality: because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done. The author, Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelly, was barely nineteen years old when she wrote it. She was the second wife of lyrical poet Percy Shelley and daughter of two great intellectual rebels, William Godwin and Mary Wollenstonecraft. Her education was broad and wide ranging. Their friends and contemporaries included Lord Byron. Frankenstein created a stir among the famous including Byron, Blake and many others who criticized Shelley’s work. Her work used the theme of Prometheus, but twisted it at the end so the maker died and the creation exiled. What we have come to regard as a classic message, was ripped apart by contemporaries. Even Mary’s husband wrote a fore-piece for the novel that was less than praise. Many years later contemporaries admitted Percy was envious of her creation.She wrote several other novels and short stories, none of which achieved the same success.Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley was a woman unrecognized by her contemporaries, but her creation lives on. She is remembered as the author of a novel valuable in itself but also prophetic of a world to come.
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