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The famous novel Frankenstein is known world wide for its horror and intrigue into the aspect of enforcing life into the deceased It was written by the equally famous Mary Shelley formally known as Mary Godwin She was an English author and first published her novel in 1818 but wrote it when she was just 18 in 1816 Mary Godwin was born in 1797 to William Godwin a writer and freethinker and Mary Wollstonecraft the founder of feminism and also a writer Unfortunately Wollstonecraft died at the age of 38 11 days after Mary was born so Mary never knew her mother But if she had have known her she would have found out that Wollstonecraft knew many thinkers of the time who were seriously considering bringing the dead back to life It was in the summer of 1816 when Mary Shelly was set the task of writing a ghost story that the novel Frankenstein came about Mary and her lover Percy Shelley visited Lord Byron at his villa near Lake Geneva Switzerland Many close acquaintances had joined Byron However the weather was not suitable for them to go outside and for many nights it was very stormy This meant that outdoor activities were not possible so when some of the guests were drunk Byron made the suggestion of writing a horror story Mary wanted to create something that would make even Percy and Byron shiver so she rose to the challenge and produced Frankenstein The ideas for this novel were inspired by an extremely disturbing nightmare that Mary had been unfortunate to dream It was about her dead infant daughter who when she was held in front of the fire and rubbed vigorously came back to life This dream frightened Mary and it wasnt until she woke that she realised the horrible truth that her daughter still ceased to live She took the idea that heat could bring the dead back to life and
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