Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

1797 (London) – 1851 (London)

She was dedicated to her mother Wollstonecraft’s memory, while she and her father Godwin shared ideas and mutual support. She grew up in an intellectual hot-house, in the regular company of the likes of Coleridge, Hazlitt and Lamb, the experimenters Davy and Nicholson, and above all Byron and Leigh Hunt (with whose family she later lived for a year in Italy). Peacock was a frequent visitor after she absconded with her father’s protégé Percy Shelley. She revealed to Scott that she was the real author of ‘Frankenstein.’ Mérimée (a lasting friend) and she flirted, with Irving and Procter other suitors during her widowhood.