Historical, Young Adult

Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge


This is a beautiful YA book that depicts the tragic life of Mary Shelley through poetry and picture. I thought it would be a straight biography of Shelley, but it turned out to be a dramatic and evocative rendering of life in the absence of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft (who died after giving birth to her daughter), and in the presence major players from the Romantic era—William Godwin (her father), Lord Byron (her step-sister’s lover), and her lover and eventual husband Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Shelley published “Frankenstein” under a pseudonym when she was 21; at first the book was scorned, but within a few years it became popular and was turned into a hit theater production. Lord Byron had to provide letters and evidence to prove that Shelley herself had written “Frankenstein.” But all this says little about the incredible mood and tone of this fine little book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating person, whom the author researched extensively and then depicted imaginatively.


1 thought on “Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge”

  1. That sounds really good! there is so much about Mary’s life that make amazing stories and yet english classes always try and make her dry


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