Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein
by Linda Bailey
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
I am reviewing a copy of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein through Tundra Books and Netgalley:
This beautifully illustrated Children books tells the story of Mary Shelley the author of Frankenstein! It tells of a Mother who she never really knew but always missed her mother died when she was eleven days old. A stepmother who she didn’t care for and one. Mary is angry and unhappy at home and when she is only fourteen her Father sends her away to live with strangers in Scotland. She stays with the family who she likes until she is sixteen, she comes home and then runs away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her stepsister Claire goes too. Mary’s family is horrified.
The trio travel Europe by horse and donkey with very little money, and take a boat down The Rhine River.
A ruined Castle named Frankenstein that she sees on this trip becomes the inspiration for the well loved horror novel Frankenstein.
On the next trip together, eighteen months later Mary, Shelley and Claire go to Switzerland where they meet the world’a most famous poet Lord Byron, they end up going sailing with him. A rainy night in leads to Byron suggesting they have a contest to see who can write the best ghost story. Sometimes later a dream leads her to begin Frankenstein
Mary was only eighteen when she wrote Frankenstein, and it had rejected by two publishers until it was finally published by a third.
I give Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein five out of five stars!