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Shelley Sunday: 'Absence' (Mary On the Death of P. Shelley)

by Mary Shelley

Ah! he is gone — and I alone;
How dark and dreary seems the time!
‘Tis Thus, when the glad sun is flown, 60 more words

Struggling through Mary Shelley's "Last Man"

Oh Mary Shelley… Why did you think the Last Man was your best work? It’s the slowest moving book I have read in ages.
Raymond is irritating, Idris and Lionel are inaccessible and Perdita just feels like a personification of how Mary Shelley and the other women around her felt, and what they could be reduced to when exposed to the whims of the romantic poets. 96 more words

Quote for Thought: In Appreciation of Mary Shelley

But in truth, neither the lonely meditations of the hermit nor the turmulos raptures of the reveller, are capable of satisfying man’s heart. From the one we gather unquiet speculation, from the other satiety.

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What Would Mary Shelley Think? - Guest Post

What would Mary Shelley think?

In November there will another representation of the Frankenstein story in cinemas with James McEvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. (Q and A with the stars… 342 more words



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

Goodreads Summary:

Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. 303 more words


How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge...

How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.

~ Mary Shelley, Frankenstein


Frankenstein: Intertextuality

We have seen that the complications–the layerings–of meaning in Frankenstein begin even before you finish the title: the subtitle “The Modern Prometheus.” This is where the intertextuality of the novel begins. 417 more words

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