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Mary Shelley: 15 Fascinating Facts About the Sci-Fi Pioneer

In honor of her upcoming birthday, unearth the mysterious, macabre genius behind fiction's most enduring monster.

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She came from a family of intellectuals

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  • Mary Wollstonecraft

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Mary may have made love on her mother's grave

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  • Gravestones in the cemetery at St. Pancras Old Church.

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Her father disowned her ... but might have committed murder on her behalf

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  • Percy Bysshe Shelley.

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Mary was only 18 when she wrote Frankenstein 

Frankenstein isn’t the monster, but rather the doctor who created him

Dr. Frankenstein came to her in a dream

The creature also isn’t green, and doesn’t have plugs sticking out of his neck

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  • Illustration of the monster in the 1831 edition of the novel.

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Mary Shelley may have had a personal connection to corpse reanimation

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  • The procession of the 'undead' marches through a Royal Humane Society banquet.

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She was first published in 1807 

Mary didn’t put her name on the first publication of Frankenstein

Frankenstein wasn’t received well by critics upon its publication

She might have drawn inspiration from the real-life Frankenstein castle

Tragedies plagued her life

Mary Shelley wrote different versions of Frankenstein

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  • Victor Frankenstein in a 1910 film adaptation.

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She is said to have carried her late husband's heart around with her