Frankenstein, written under superficially glamorous circumstances when she was eighteen, remains her best-known text, yet the works she produced in the decades after her husband's death are the objects of ongoing, important scholarly attentions that reveal Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Shelley as a significant female intellectual in her own terms.
76) And this failure in friendship is read politically, because Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Shelley best represents the political tradition to which Shelley was committed: "[Mary] Shelley's kind of radicalism was in a sense 'out of date'--it was not that of her peers in the 1820s and 1830s, but that of her parents' generation.
When 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
falls in love with Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she is delighted to find that he is equally fond of her.
THE LIVES OF BYRON AND SHELLEY ARE THE stuff of which dreams, nightmares, and melodramas are made--as well as great literature--and Young Romantics covers briefly but well the crucial events: Shelley's expulsion from Oxford, rejection by his conservative father, elopement with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
and desertion of his first wife, and subsequent nomadic life as a radical poet and thinker; alongside Byron's disastrous marriage, incestuous relations with his half-sister Augusta, permanent self-exile from England, and shabbily heroic death in Greece.
In the summer of 1816, when a young Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
joined Percy Shelley at Lord Byron's villa in Switzerland and participated in a short story writing contest, she could not have known the impact her creation would have in the United States in the present.