Friday Fun Facts: Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, was born on this day in 1797. She began work on the story while in Switzerland in 1816 with a group of friends that included Lord Byron and the man who would become her husband, poet Percy Shelley. On a rainy day, the group read a book of ghost stories together. Lord Byron encouraged everyone in the group to write a ghost story. She continued to work on the story and the book was published in 1818 without her name on it. Instead, it came out from an anonymous writer. By this time, Mary and Percy were married. Since Percy wrote the introduction to the book, many people thought he wrote it. The book became popular and the story continues to be popular today. It’s been made into two films.


Posted on August 30, 2013, in fiction, Fun Facts, inspiration, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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