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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851) wrote her most famous Gothic novel "Frankenstein" aged only 18, when she was on a runaway with her lover, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley, who she married after his first wife committed suicide. Her life was full of struggle and creation; Mary wrote numerous novels, short stories, dramas, essays, biographies, and travel journals. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, who drowned in sea storm aged 29. Her mother philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft died soon after Mary was born, her father disapproved her relationship with married man, she faced loss of her four children. Mary Shelley's works often argue that cooperation and sympathy, particularly as practiced by women in the family, were the ways to reform civil society. This view was a direct challenge to the individualistic Romantic ethos promoted by her husband and the Enlightenment political theories articulated by her father, William Godwin.

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