Category Archives: Mary Shelley

Have politicians ever got anything right?

Mary Shelley wrote to her pioneering relation Alexander Berry in New South Wales (husband of Mary’s cousin nee Elizabeth Wollstonecraft) on June 30th 1848: Dear Mr. Berry, You are very good to write me such long and really interesting letters. … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day & Love’s Philosophy

Romanticism was at its height from1800 to 1850 and celebrated emotion, individualism and the wonders of nature. For Shelley love was a philosophy and a spiritual calling. The Romantics gave us some of the best love poems, and Shelley wrote … Continue reading

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Mary Shelley dies at 53 from a brain tumour.

Mary Shelley died on 1st February 1851 at 53 from a ‘Disease of the Brain Supposed Tumour in left hemisphere.’ She had been suffering from severe headaches for many years. Before her death she had been living with her son, … Continue reading

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Frankenstein’s monster reimagined?

Reference to Frankenstein’s monster has become code for bringing someone back from the dead. There is a new Fox drama called Second Chance starting next week, which plays fast and loose with Mary Shelley’s famous concept. According to the San … Continue reading

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FRANKENSTEIN: Mary Shelley’s Inspiration

Writing on her inspiration for Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote, in an introduction to her book… It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the … Continue reading

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LISTEN – Suzanne’s Interview on Radio Northern Beaches

I’ve recently had the good fortune to be invited as a guest speaker on Radio Northern Beaches new broadcast show ‘The Northern Beaches Book Club” Listen in to the podcast where we chat about my inspiration for the novel ‘Almost … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Loved Ghost Stories

In August 1816, a week before they left Geneva where Frankenstein was concieved in a summer of bad weather and ghost stories, the Shelleys and Byron were visited by Matthew Gregory Lewis. He was author of a gothic supernatural novel … Continue reading

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What really inspired Frankenstein?

I recently read a New York Times article which said that Frankenstein resulted from a cold summer of debauchery on Lake Geneva, fuelled by ghost stories, wine and laudanum. Well it was certainly cold, and there were ghost stories galore, … Continue reading

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What Would Mary Shelley Think?

In November there will another representation of the Frankenstein story in cinemas with James McEvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. (Read more in this Q & A with the stars )  Since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein there have been more than 100 performances, … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mary Shelley, I missed your birthday! Belated remembrances for August 30th!

On that day, Tuesday, in 1814, Mary, Shelley and Claire were travelling back to England through Germany, after their elopement, on a boat on the Rhine. Mary turned seventeen. The river was “violent”and “swollen with high waves” Shelley wrote in … Continue reading

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