Frankenstein (in full Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus) Novel by Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
, published in 1818, in which she invented what was to become one of the Western world's best-known monsters.
Those present at this discussion were the poet Lord Byron, his friend Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Godwin (soon to become the second Mrs Shelley), her half-sister Claire Clairmont (currently Byron's mistress) and probably Byron's personal physician, John William Polidori.
We have been using the notion of a group or "circle" of individuals in romantic studies for decades--for example, in the title of Hyder Rollins' collection of papers centered on Keats (The Keats Circle, 1948), in the title of Kenneth Cameron and Donald Reiman's more elaborate assemblage centered on the Shelleys (Shelley and His Circle, 1961--), and in such routine phrasings as show up in the headnote to the Keats-Shelley Journal's annual bibliography covering "articles, reviews, and book-length studies of Byron, Hazlitt, Hunt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Shelley, John Keats, and their circles.