Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)
The author of "Frankenstein", the classic horror story, Mary Shelley was born in London, the daughter of William Godwin, a philsopher. Still a young girl, Mary ran away with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She married him in 1816
after his first wife drowned herself. The Shelleys lived in Italy where
Mary wrote "Frankenstein" at the suggestion of her husband
and his friend, and fellow poet, Lord Byron. Shelley drowned in 1822, leaving
Mary alone. She wrote lesser novels to support herself and her children.