Mary Shelley

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1 Feb, 1851

Mary Shelley dies age 53


Shelley dies of a cancerous brain tumor in Chester Square, United Kingdom. She has slowly been growing more and more lonely as her life plays itself out.

I have long determined that the best thing I could do was put an end to the existence of a being whose birth was unfortunate, and whose life has only been a series of pain to those persons who have hurt their health in endeavouring to promote her welfare. Perhaps to hear of my death will give you pain, but you will soon have the blessing of forgetting that such a creature existed

30 Aug, 1797

Mary Shelley born in Somers Town, London


Shelley is born to William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother is a leading feminist writer, and a source of inspiration. Mary’s learned father, who has frequent guests in their home all through her formative years, guarantees her education. A voracious reader, she borrows books from her father’s extensive library. She enjoys writing at a young age.

It is not singular that, as the daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity, I should very early in life have thought of writing

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