Bookish Holidays

Aug 30: Frankenstein Day

This unofficial holiday celebrates the life and times of English author Mary Shelley who wrote one of the world’s most read monster novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

“As a child, I scribbled; and my favourite pastime, during the hours given me for recreation, was to ‘write stories.’”— Mary Shelley

Did you know…

  • Mary’s mother was famed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who, sadly, died soon after Mary was born.
  • Frankenstien wasn’t Shelley’s first published work. She published her first poem, Mounseer Nongtongpaw, in 1807, through her father’s company.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley was still married to his first wife when he and the teenaged Mary ran away together.
  • The couple didn’t marry until 1816, after Percy’s first wife committed suicide.
  • Mary was only 21 years old when Frankenstein was published anonymously.
  • In 1822, Mary was widowed at the age of 24, when her husband drowned. He had been out sailing with a friend in the Gulf of Spezia. She spent the rest of her life working to preserve his name and poetry in literary history.
  • Mary Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, at age 53, in London, England.

Want to know more? Check out The History Chicks Mini-cast on Mary Shelley.

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