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Frankenstein a novel written by an outspoken seventeen-year-old teenage girl has bewildered and terrified generations of readers It is the book that introduced the sci-fihorror concept of the mad scientist and his hideous creation Its suspense is derived from a mans curiosity into where life comes from and how to create it Frankenstein has become the standard against which many horror stories are compared It still continues to be one of the most widely read and discussed novels in literary history Mary Shelly was born in 1797 to Mr and Mrs Arthur Godwin Marys mother Mary Wolstonecraft Godwin was a prominent respected British writer who wrote on liberal subjects of which she felt very strongly about She died tragically while giving birth to Mary Branagh 11 Her father Arthur was also an English writer but not as prosperous as his late wife or held in as high a regard as his daughter Mary would later become Branagh 11 Marys literary career began with short stories she would write as a teenager She would write behind the church where her parents were married and near the grave of her late mother Florescu 38 It is reported that she wrote there because she hoped for the spirit of her mother to guide her in her writings Florescu 39 At the age of seventeen through a friend of her fathers she met the famous English poet Percy Bysshe Shelly then age twenty-two The two began an instant romance and ran off together in July of 1814 Mary and Percy were later married in December 1816 Branagh 13 As reflected in many of her writings Mary Wolstonecraft Shelley led a basically tragic life Her mother died during her birth After the death of Mrs Wolstonecraft-Godwin Marys father Arthur later remarried in order to have a female present to raise his daughter Mary along with a step-sister and brother were raised for the most part by Arthurs new wife
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