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Author of six novels, five volumes of biographical lives, two travel books, and numerous short stories, essays and reviews, Mary Shelley is largely remembered as the author of "Frankenstein", as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and as the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. This collection of essays aims to offer a more complete and complex picture of Mary Shelley, emphasizing the full range and significance of her writings in terms of her own era and ours. The book brings fresh insight to the life and work of an often neglected or misunderstood writer who, the editors remind us, spent nearly three decades at the centre of England's literary world during the country's profound transition between the Romantic and Victorian eras. The essays in the volume demonstrate the importance of Mary Shelley's neglected novels, including "Matilda", "Valperga", "The Last Man" and "Falkner". Other topics include Mary Shelley's work in various literary genres, her editing of her husband's poetry and prose, her politics and her trajectory as a female writer.
The book is intended to advance Mary Shelley studies to a new level of discourse and raise important issues for English Romanticism and women's studies.
Betty T. Bennett is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Literature at American University. She is the editor of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction, available from Johns Hopkins. Stuart Curran is Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Poetic Form and British Romanticism. A collection of essays about Percy Bysshe Shelley compiled by Bennett and Curran, Shelley: Poet and Legislator of the World, is also available from Johns Hopkins.
Release date NZ
July 1st, 2003
Edited by Betty T. Bennett
Edited by Stuart Curran
Country of Publication
Johns Hopkins University Press
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