- USD 17.99
Descripción de editorial
Painting a portrait of a gothic icon, this biography recounts Mary Shelley’s dramatic life, from her youth and turbulent marriage to her career as writer and editor. At the age of 20, Mary Shelley secured her place in history by writing Frankenstein, now acknowledged as one of the great literary classics. The daughter of radical philosopher William Godwin and pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley led an unconventional life, which is depicted—with previously unpublished material—in this remarkable biography that was originally released in 1987 as a thorough revision of Muriel Spark's 1951 book Child of Light. Spark lends her own talents as an accomplished writer and her sharp intelligence to this fascinating examination of Mary Shelley's life and writings.
This is a revised and welcome version of Spark's acclaimed first book, Child of Light, which was published in England in 1951 and only now appears here. Mary Shelleydaughter of two progressive thinkers, the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; for eight years the wife of the poet Shelley; and author of Frankenstein, the first important work of science fictionis a figure of abiding appeal. Spark covers the facts of Mary's life (her upbringing, elopement with Shelley, friendship with Bryon, the struggle to support herself and her son by the pen after Shelley's death); in part two she brings her astute critical intelligence to bear on Mary's novels, principally Frankenstein and the futuristic The Last Man, and Mary's posthumous editing of Shelley's poetry. Most of the literary currents of the time met in Mary Shelley, including gothicism and idealistic romance. Her essentially down-to-earth temperament tugged against the last two, but that simply adds to her interest. Illustrations.