Mary Shelley

1797 - 1851

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (UK: ; née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist who is best known for writing the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), which is considered an early example of science fiction. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Shelley has received more than 12,045,988 page views. Her biography is available in 102 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 96 in 2019). Mary Shelley is the 140th most popular writer (down from 113th in 2019), the 86th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 80th in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Writer.

Mary Shelley is most famous for her novel Frankenstein.

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Notable Works

Fathers and daughters, Incest, Guilt
Proserpine & Midas
Drama, Classical Mythology, Proserpina (Roman deity)
Tales and stories
English Science fiction
Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Last Man
Fiction, Plague, Twenty-first century
Mary Shelley, the author of [*Frankenstein*][1], wrote the apocalyptic novel The Last Man in 1826. Its first person narrative tells the story of our world standing at the end of the twenty-first century and - after the devastating effects of a plague - at the end of humanity. In the book Shelley writes of weaving this story from a discovery of prophetic writings uncovered in a cave near Naples. The Last Man was made into a 2008 film. [1]: http://openlibrary.org/works/OL450125W/Frankenstein
Fiction, Monsters, Frankenstein (Fictitious character)
Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.


Among writers, Mary Shelley ranks 140 out of 7,302Before her are Samuel Beckett, Günter Grass, Adam Mickiewicz, Yukio Mishima, Carlo Collodi, and Boris Pasternak. After her are Petronius, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Dr. Seuss, and Eugène Ionesco.

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Among people born in 1797, Mary Shelley ranks 4Before her are Franz Schubert, Heinrich Heine, and William I, German Emperor. After her are Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, Ghalib, Joseph Henry, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, and Charles Lyell. Among people deceased in 1851, Mary Shelley ranks 4Before her are Hans Christian Ørsted, Marie Thérèse of France, and J. M. W. Turner. After her are Louis Daguerre, James Fenimore Cooper, Karl Drais, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, and Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Shelley ranks 86 out of 8,785Before her are Elton John (1947), J. M. W. Turner (1775), Edward VI of England (1537), Diana, Princess of Wales (1961), Edward I of England (1239), and Alan Rickman (1946). After her are George Harrison (1943), Henry VII of England (1457), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), John Napier (1550), Nicholas Winton (1909), and Edward III of England (1312).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Mary Shelley ranks 12Before her are Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), Emily Brontë (1818), Virginia Woolf (1882), Charlotte Brontë (1816), and Lewis Carroll (1832). After her are Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Walter Scott (1771), Terry Pratchett (1948), H. G. Wells (1866), Aldous Huxley (1894), and Roald Dahl (1916).