Literary History: Mary Shelley and A Monster Born

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Oct 08 2019 24 mins   4

Her birth took a life. Her life birthed a nightmare. And her greatest loves died way too soon.

Most of us have read and watched the various versions of Frankenstein. The image of the nameless monster created by a mad scientist is at the center of horror culture. But what inspired such a horrific and grisly tale?

Mary Shelley’s life was its own gothic tragedy—full of loss, pain, and even a few monsters.

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