2018 marked the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s seminal Gothic-Romantic novel. If you’ve only seen the inarticulate brute from film or television, you’ve never truly experienced the beautiful tragedy that would go on to inspire generations of writers.— Kiyo
From the imagination of 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley, wife of renowned poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, came perhaps the most celebrated monster in history. Created by the Mary Shelley's fictional Victor Frankenstein, the creature has inhabited nightmares, new editions, and movie screens for nearly two centuries. Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the daughter of politically radical philosophers, friend of literary figures such as Lord Byron, and mistress and then wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley. FRANKENSTEIN, OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS was first published anonymously in 1818.