The last Friday of October is set aside each year as a day to remember the author Of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley. Dating back to the 1800's, Frankenstein's monster is one of the best-known horror characters of all times. She wrote the book at just 21 years of age.
Mary's father was William Godwin, a political philosopher. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was also a philosopher as well as a well-known feminist.
At the age of 17, Mary began a romantic relationship with one of her father's philosophy followers, Percy Bysshe Shelley who was already married. The year was 1814. After a trip through Europe and the death of their child, Mary and Percy finally married in 1816. The couple faced ostracism, continuous debt, and the suicide of Percy's first wife, Harriet. In the summer of 1816, the now-famous couple spent time with Lord Byron and his wife in Geneva, Switzerland. This is where Mary conceived her idea for Frankenstein's monster.
Mary died from a brain tumor in 1851 at the age of 53.
Until the 1970s, Mary Shelley was known mainly for her efforts to publish her husband's works and for her novel Frankenstein, which remains widely read and has inspired many theatrical and film adaptations. Recent scholarship has yielded a more comprehensive view of Mary Shelley’s achievements. Scholars have shown increasing interest in her literary output, particularly in her novels, which include the historical novels Valperga and Perkin Warbeck. The Last Man was an apocalyptic novel. Her last two novels, Lodore and Falkner, were written in 1835 and 1837 respectively.
In addition to the books she authored, Mary was also known as a political radical throughout her life. 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.
Frankenstein became really famous when the movie, Frankenstein, featuring master horror actor Boris Karloff, was originally released in 1931.
How do you celebrate this fun day? Watch a movie featuring Frankenstein or read the original book written by Mary Shelley and find out who Frankenstein is on Frankenstein Friday. Use #FrankensteinFriday to post on social media.
That does it for me this week. I'm off to spend the weekend hangin' with my friends. We'll probably watch a few scary movies to get us really in the mood for Halloween! Whatever you do this weekend, have fun and please stay safe. And you're invited back here again on Monday. Until then,