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Mary Shelley's Early Novels : `This Child of Imagination and Misery' - Jane Blumberg

Mary Shelley's Early Novels

`This Child of Imagination and Misery'

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This volume seeks to redress the commonly held view that Mary Shelley was simply another mouthpiece for her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, for her father, William Godwin and for the radical milieu that surrounded her. Her most challenging and ambitious novels, "Frankenstein", "Valperga", an historical novel, and "The Last Man", a futuristic novel detailing the destruction of the world's populations by plague, are examined in the light of her intellectual relationship with Percy Shelley. The reader is shown the way in which these novels reflect her gradual rejection of his radical tenets in an assertion of her own intellectual and ideological independence. Her independence is reflected in her editing of her husband's poetry. New textual analysis shows the extent of Mary Shelley's involvement in Byron's "Don Juan".

Preface - Acknowledgements - Author's Note - Introduction - Early Influences: 'A History of the Jews' - Frankenstein and the 'Good Cause' - 'Connected in a Thousand Ways': Mary Shelley and Lord Byron - That Masterpiece of His Malice: Valperge - 'This Earth is not, nor ever can be Heaven': The Last Man - Creating a Literary Reputation - Conclusion - Appendix A: Manuscript Essay 'A History of the Jews' - Appendix B: Shelley's Reply to Leslie's Short and Easy Method - Appendix C: The Byron Manuscripts - Appendix D: Perkin Warbeck, Lodore and Falkner - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333534090
ISBN-10: 0333534093
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 29th March 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 3