In Search of Mary Shelley

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • In Search of Mary Shelley
  • Fiona Sampson
  • 12 June 2017
  • 1681777525

About the Author: Fiona Sampson

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In Search of Mary Shelley We know the facts of Mary Shelley s life in some detail the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, within days of her birth the upbringing in the house of her father, William Godwin, in a house full of radical thinkers, poets, philosophers, and writers her elopement, at the age of seventeen, with Percy Shelley the years of peripatetic travel across Europe that followed But there has been no literary biography written this century, and previous books have ignored the real person what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did despite the fact that Mary and her group of second generation Romantics were extremely interested in the psychological aspect of life.In this probing narrative, Fiona Sampson pursues Mary Shelley through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a nineteen year old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later No previous biographer has ever truly considered this question, let alone answered it. Download In Search of Mary Shelley author Fiona Sampson – scottishhomebakingawards.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “In Search of Mary Shelley

  1. Sara says:

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the release of Frankenstein, Fiona Sampson examines the inner influences and background of writer Mary Shelley I admit I know very little about Mary Shelley other than the fact that she married the famous poet Percy Shelley as a teenager and was widowed at a young age I have also never read Frankenstein, but nevertheless I was intrigued to see what could possess a woman of this time to wr I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the release of Frankenstein, Fiona Sampson examines the inner influences and background of writer Mary Shelley I admit I know very little about Mary Shelley other than the fact that she married the famous poet Percy Shelley as a teenager and was widowed at a young age I have also never read Frankenstein, but nevertheless I was intrigued to see what could possess a woman of this time to write something that is now considered a classic, in an era where women simply weren t encouraged to write th...

  2. Paula Bardell-Hedley says:

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is remembered above all for creating a monster the grotesque but perceptive creature from her 1818 novel,Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheusalthough, at the time, she was renown farfor her scandalous behaviour Following her death in 1851 she was immortalized as widow of the doomed Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and as daughter of the founding feminist philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft and radical theoretician, William Godwin For some years the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is remembered above all for creating a monster the grotesque but perceptive creature from her 1818 novel,Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheusalthough, at the time, she was renown farfor her scandalous behaviour Following her death in 1851 she was immortalized as widow of the doomed Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and as daughter of the founding feminist philosopher, Mary Wollstonecraft and radical theoretician, William Godwin For some years thereafter the bulk of Mary s literary o...

  3. Laura says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe She coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever Most astonishingly, it was while still a teenager that she composed her novel Frankenstein, c From BBC Radio 4 Book of the week Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, phil...

  4. Imi says:

    Oops I ve just noticed the next episode of this online has expired I guess that makes this officially a DNF.I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 abridged audio version I thought it would be interesting to at least vaguely listen to and learn a bitabout Mary Shelley s life, having recently re read Frankenstein and with it being the 200 year anniversary of its publication.Honestly, it wasn t great and I think that s why I let it expire I had listened to the first two 15min episodes of 5 , Oops I ve just noticed the next episode of this online has expired I guess that makes this officially a DNF.I was listening to the BBC Radio 4 abridged audio version I thought it would be interesting to at least vaguely listen to and learn a bitabout Mary Shelley s life, having recently re read Frankenstein and with it being the 200 year anniversary of its publication.Honestly, it wasn t great and I think that s why I let it expire I had listened to the first two 15min episodes of 5 , but was in no rush to continue You d be better off skimming Mary Shelley s Wikipedia page It felt flat and dull, failing to capture my attention, and it just didn t have to be written that way Yes, it s non fiction, a biography, but all of my favourite non fiction books are written f...

  5. Beth Bonini says:

    There are three strands to Mary Shelley s life which biographer Fiona Sampson returns to again and again first, there is the legacy of her famous feminist mother Mary Wollstonecraft taking for granted the participation of women as intellectual equals p 154 then the influence of her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom Mary persists in thinking of a soul mate despite much evidence to the contrary and finally the work, the writing, and especially the extraordinary creation of Frankenstei There are three strands to Mary Shelley s life which biographer Fiona Sampson returns to again and again first, there is the legacy of her famous feminist mother Mary Wollstonecraft taking for granted the participation of women as intellectual equals p 154 then the influence of her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom Mary persists in thinking of a soul mate despite much evidence to the contrary and finally the work, the writing, and especially the extraordinary creation of Frankenstein, written when Mary was only in her late teens It s a life much steeped in legend and easily given over to mythologising As Sampson acknowledges, Mary s death confirms her in the high rank in the aristocracy of genius , but her life was marked by struggle of every kind and the three other geniuses most enduringly associated with Mary were all notable for their various forms of a...

  6. Penny says:

    4.5It s a brave biographer who sets out her stall so openly, her object being to bring Mary closer to us, and closer again until she s hugely enlarged in close up I want to see the actual texture of her existence, caught in freeze frame and about how it is for her.I hoped this wouldn t mean Sampson trying to answer unanswerable questions with the inevitable plethora of we can assume or she might have Fortunately we don t get this Instead we get a well researc 4.5It s a brave biographer who sets out her stall so openly, her object being to bring Mary closer to us, and closer again until she s hugely enlarged in close up I want to see the actual texture of her existence, caught in freeze frame and about how it is for her.I hoped this wouldn t mean Sampson trying to answer unanswerable questions with the inevitable plethora of we can assume or she might have Fortunately we don t get this Instead we get a well researched, well written biography that is fresh and exciting despite covering ...

  7. Rachel Hore says:

    There s a real sense of urgent enquiry in this biography that makes it compelling to read Fiona Sampson has to cross question every piece of evidence about Mary s life, partly because early correspondence and juvenilia have been lost, partly because Mary herself could be reticent about her feelings, and partly because there has been so much obfuscation by others She evokes well the young Mary s radical literary and philosophical family background as the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and Will There s a real sense of urgent enquiry in this biography that makes it compelling to read Fiona Sampson has to cross question every piece of evidence about Mary s life, partly because early correspondence and juvenilia have been lost, partly because Mary herself could be reticent about her feelings, and partly because there has been so muc...

  8. Rachel Pollock says:

    I read this new biography of Mary Shelley because my department is currently working on a museum exhibit intended to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of FRANKENSTEIN It s accessibly written and opens with a whole host of situational historical facts for perspective like the fact that antibiotics were not a thing yet, so people just dropped dead of now curable diseases all the time I ve long been an enthusiast of the Romantic poets which figure into Mary s life Byron I read this new biography of Mary Shelley because my department is currently working on a museum exhibit intended to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of FRANKENSTEIN It s accessibly written and opens with a whole host of situational historical facts for...

  9. Yvonne says:

    Fiona Sampson takes a look at the woman who was the force behind one of literature s classic books, Frankenstein is a title recognised around the world It has been dissected and discussed numerous times, but what about its creator.Mary Shelley wrote this book at the age of 18, two years after her marriage to Percy Shelley, she was at the time considered to be an intellectual thinker This is a time when women are seen as an object or a piece of the furniture, not to have opinions or views that Fiona Sampson takes a look at the woman who was the force behind one of literature s classic books, Frankenstein is a title recognised around the world It has been dissected and discussed numerous times, but what about its creator.Mary Shelley wrote this book at the age of 18, two years after her marriage to Percy Shelley, she was at the time considered to be an intellectual thinker This is a time when women are seen as an object or a piece of the furniture, not to have opinions or views that are meaningful.Fiona has, I feel, done her research well using a number of documents, journals and letters to build up a picture of this young woman s life She has created an in depth narrative that has an easy flow to it and makes for good reading, it is insightful and full of details.This is a wonderful read that would appeal to readers of biographies and memoirs of literary greats It has the air of a well researched book, is w...

  10. Aimee says:

    The information about Mary Shelley was great, but I really struggled with the writing style.The present tense narration felt strange for a non fiction book, and the author romanticises her subject rather than presenting an unbiased view I don t necessarily think that s a bad thing, it s just that I was expecting aimpartial biography and this readslike very well researched historical fiction, albeit without much of a story line It does allow Sampson to explore Mary s thoughts and fe The information about Mary Shelley was great, but I really struggled with the writing style.The present tense narration felt strange for a non fiction book, and the author romanticises her subject rather than presenting an unbiased view I don t necessarily think that s a bad thing, it s just that I was expecting aimpartial biography and this readslike very well researched historical fiction, albeit without much of a story line It does allow Sampson to explore Mary s thoughts and feelings, which made the book a little less dry, but she jumps to conclusions based on the most spurious bits of evidence.For example, there s a chapter about Mary s early years that tal...