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Mary Shelley
Birth: Aug. 30, 1797
London
Greater London, England
Death: Feb. 1, 1851
London
Greater London, England

Author. Born in London, the second daughter of feminist and writer Mary Wollstonecraft and political journalist William Godwin. Her mother died shortly after Mary's birth from a hemorrhage sustained either during deliver or by the actions of the midwife. Unusual for girls at the time, Mary received an excellent education. She published her first poem at the age of ten. A political radical and free-thinker like her father, Percy Bysshe Shelley and his first wife Harriet often visited Godwin's home and bookshop in London. At the age of 16 Mary eloped to France and then Switzerland with Shelley. During May of 1816, the couple traveled to Lake Geneva. Apparently inspired by a ghost tale contest among her friends, Mary had what she called a waking dream that became the manuscript for her most famous work, titled ‘Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.' Mary and Shelley married in 1816 after Shelley's first wife committed suicide by drowning. In 1818 the Shelleys left England for Italy. Their son Will died in Rome. Mary suffered a nervous breakdown after the death of William, and almost died of a later miscarriage. It was followed by the birth of her only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley. In July 1822, Percy sailed up the Italian coast and was caught in a storm on his return. He drowned July 8 along with his friend Edward Williams and a young boat attendant. Although Mary wrote further novels including ‘Valperga,' ‘The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck,' ‘The Last Man,' and ‘Falkner' she spent much of her life in promoting her late husband's work, including editing and annotating unpublished material. She returned to England, never to re-marry. She died in London of what some suspect to be a brain tumor. Her last book, sometimes considered her best work, was ‘Maria', which was published posthumously. (bio by: Iola) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Godwin (1756 - 1836)
  Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1759 - 1797)
 
 Spouse:
  Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
 
 Children:
  William Shelley (1816 - 1819)*
 
 Sibling:
  Frances Imlay (1794 - 1816)**
  Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Daughter of
William & Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
And Widow of the Late Percy Bysshe Shelley
Born August 30th, 1797, died February 1st, 1851
 
Children
Percy Florence Shelley
Third Baronet
Son of Percy Bysshe Shelley & Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Born Nov 12th, 1819, Died Dec. 5th, 1889
 
Jane Shelley Widow of the above
Born Feb. 24th 1820 Died June 24th, 1899

 
Burial:
St Peter Churchyard
Bournemouth
Bournemouth Unitary Authority
Dorset, England
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1617
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A good writer. Rest in Peace
- Sue Gartman
 Added: Dec. 18, 2014

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 Added: Nov. 27, 2014

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