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Morality and Frankenstein Mary Shelley was born on August 30 1797 in London to two radicals of the day Her mother Mary Wollstonecraft who died in childbirth was one of the first feminists and writers of the time while her father William Godwin played his part as a radical thinker as a writer and political journalist As a child Mary Shelley was virtually left completely to educate herself amongst her fathers intellectual and radical circle of friends and acquaintances Probably because of the intellectual influence she was somewhat of a child prodigy concerning the literary stage and published her first poem at the age of ten At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with the poet Percy Shelley In 1816 the two elopers married after Shelleys first wife had committed suicide by drowning Their first child a daughter died in Venice Italy a few years later After the death of their first child they returned to England where Mary gave birth to their son William In 1818 the Shelleys left England for Italy where they remained until Shelleys tragic drowning in 1822 in the Bay of Spezia near Livorno Finally after all the tragedy that had befallen her Mary suffered a nervous breakdown in 1819 with the death of her son William previous to this she had lost a daughter as well As if the death of two children and a husband wasnt enough she also had a miscarriage in 1822 that proved to be very dangerous to her Of Shelleys children only one Percy Florence survived his infancy In 1823 she determined not to remarry returned with her son to England where she devoted herself completely to his welfare and education and continued her career as a professional writer and later died in London on February 1 1851 most likely of a tumor in her brain What the exact definition of morality is no one can say
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