The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Michael January

Mary Shelley Frankenstein Secret Memoirs Cover ArtThe inspiration for Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's most famous work, “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” first published anonymously in 1818 has been debated for 200 years. In 1814, two years before the notorious Gothic Summer in Geneva, 16 year old Mary Godwin eloped to Paris with the 22 year old poet, Percy Byssche Shelley, inviting Mary's 15 year old step-sister Claire Claremont to go with them. They would walk across war ravaged France to Switzerland and up the Rhine River to a castle called Frankenstein. Three years later Mary would publish the diaries she kept of that journey of two teenage girls and the poet of free love”. In the published version of A History of a Six Week's Tour she would tell where they went and what they saw, but she never revealed the true secrets of that trip, from where a later inspiration arose. Here now, for the first time is revealed the secret portions of that tour and beyond in a intimate personal portrait retelling in Mary Shelley's own hand.


"An entertaining 'collaboration', exhaustively researched, skillfully adapted...long on memorable characters that will make readers see the seminal classic Frankenstein in a new light." Historical Novel Society

"Recommended to anyone interested in the lives of Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley... enjoyable reading and captures the feel of the time...from joining conversations on religion and philosophy with her father and his friends, to her stilted relationship with her stepmother and grief over her own mother's death, we can see the events that shaped Mary Shelley's life and inspired her writing of Frankenstein...a subtle but illuminating look... I give it 4 out of 4 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Online Book Club

"A great read. Haunting and involving, the author takes us on a journey of love and adventure with undercurrents of the angst of these two highly creative people. A complicated love story...a  glimpse into the private worlds of these two remarkable individuals. We suffer with them, knowing great works of poetry and fiction will follow. We hear Mary Shelly in her own words writing in her journal; telling us her story. A great blend of truth and good story telling." Amazon User Review - Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley

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Favorite Castles of Germany

Favorite Castles: England and Wales - Vol 1



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