Category Archives: Romantic Era

The Evolution of The Mummy!

As another Mummy movie hits the big screen it is interesting to look back at the first iteration of the genre. The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century is an 1827 novel written by a 20 year old … Continue reading

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Protest, Poetry & Song

As Bob Dylan has finally accepted his Nobel Prize, (though not yet given his Nobel performance) I was reminded of the essay In Defence of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley, in which he claimed that: “poets are the unacknowledged legislators … Continue reading

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Mary Shelley and Motherhood

Mary Shelley had five pregnancies and only one surviving child. She was, though, an instinctive and devoted mother. When I give talks about Mary and the nine years of her relationship with her poet, Shelley, I quite often hear someone … Continue reading

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WATCH: ‘Almost Invincible’ – An impressive fictional tale of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who led a creative but tragedy-scarred life.

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 3

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Notes on July and August 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva. 3. The light and the dark. In August the group on lake Geneva were visited by ‘The … Continue reading

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 2

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Notes on July and August 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva. 2. Celebration and secrets. In that eventful August while Mary was beginning to write ‘her ‘story,’ the … Continue reading

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200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Part 1

200 years on from the genesis of Frankenstein – Summer 1816 in Cologny, on the shores of Lake Geneva 1.Ghost Story Challenge It was the ‘Year Without a Summer’. Endlessly dark, stormy and apocalyptic. Byron threw out a ghost story … Continue reading

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