Mary Shelley

1797 - 1851

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (UK: , US: ; née Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist who wrote 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 7,340,390 page views. Her biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 87 in 2019). Mary Shelley is the 97th most popular writer (up from 121st in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 76th in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Mary Shelley ranks 97 out of 5,794. Before her are Toni Morrison, Charles Bukowski, Heinrich Heine, Cato the Elder, José Saramago, and Theodor Herzl. After her are Stephen King, Maurice Maeterlinck, Erich Maria Remarque, Selma Lagerlöf, André Gide, and Ivan Turgenev.

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Among people born in 1797, Mary Shelley ranks 4Before her are Franz Schubert, William I, German Emperor, and Heinrich Heine. After her are Gaetano Donizetti, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Adolphe Thiers, Hiroshige, Joseph Henry, Charles Lyell, Ghalib, and Alfred de Vigny. Among people deceased in 1851, Mary Shelley ranks 2Before her is Hans Christian Ørsted. After her are Louis Daguerre, J. M. W. Turner, Marie Thérèse of France, James Fenimore Cooper, Karl Drais, Jean-de-Dieu Soult, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Manuel Godoy, and Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Shelley ranks 66 out of 6,924. Before her are Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), David Ricardo (1772), Edward VI of England (1537), George VI (1895), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), and Henry VII of England (1457). After her are Paul McCartney (1942), James VI and I (1566), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Herbert Spencer (1820), Guy Fawkes (1570), and Edward III of England (1312).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Mary Shelley ranks 10Before her are Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Daniel Defoe (1660), Jane Austen (1775), Lord Byron (1788), Lewis Carroll (1832), and Virginia Woolf (1882). After her are Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Emily Brontë (1818), Walter Scott (1771), William Blake (1757), Charlotte Brontë (1816), and Aldous Huxley (1894).