Debut Authors – What Shelley Did Next…

Now I have explored the debut novel of Mary Shelley, it’s time to go a little further through the wardrobe to unearth what she did post-Frankenstein

Shelley, M

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797–1851)

Debut novel: Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)

Age of author when debut published: 21

140 character review: Visit Shelley’s infamous gothic debut with an open mind and be ready to consider ideas related to creation, power, heroism and ethics. (Original review here – 3 stars)

Favourite quote from debut: “I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel”

Reception of debut: The authorship of Frankenstein has been heavily debated ever since its initial anonymous publication and this confusion led to the book’s unfavourable reception from the critics, with the Quarterly Review describing it as “horrible and disgusting absurdity”. The public however fully embraced the darkness of the tale and its protagonist and Creature have become synonymous with and stalwart archetypes of the gothic genre.

Other notable works:

Mathilda (1820)

The Last Man (1826)

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck (1830)

Lodore (1835)

Falkner (1837)


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