Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator

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It’s hard to tell which tale is most tragic, the lives of Frankenstein and his monster or the life of Mary Shelley. Both are steeped in melancholy and beset by tragic twists of fate, but only one still raises questions more than a century later, Shelley’s life.

Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator is an immersive dip into history. The full family lineage of Shelley is brought to life in painstaking detail; her whirlwind infatuation with her poet husband-to-be, moving on after he died, and the lonely life of a widow that followed are all rendered clearly by the numerous pictures and drawings collected to illustrate her sad tale.

Although the book is primarily focused on all the heartbreak and loss she experienced, Catherine Reef does offer some engaging insight into Shelley’s other works of fiction that rarely garner attention from biographers. Reef banishes the idea that Shelley was some one-trick pony, but presents her as an ambitious writer in her own right.

Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator is an interesting take on a traditional biography; one that manages to go deeper than most while remaining a brisk read.


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Author Catherine Reef
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Clarion Books
Publish Date 2018-Sep-18
ISBN 9781328740052
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Issue January 2019
Category Young Adult
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