Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mary Shelley's Death

“Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley, died on February 1, 1851, at the young age of 53.  Ms. Shelley at one point felt compelled to defend her authorship in a letter to Sir Walter Scott.  Scott reviewed “Frankenstein” for Blackwood’s magazine.  Scott clearly liked the novel.  The last paragraph of that review is below:

‘…Upon the whole, the work impresses us with a high idea of the author's original genius and happy power of expression. We shall be delighted to hear that he has aspired to the paullo majorica; and, in the meantime, congratulate our readers upon a novel which excites new reflections and untried sources of emotion. If Gray's definition of Paradise, to lie on a couch, namely, and read new novels, come any thing near truth, no small praise is due to him, who, like the author of Frankenstein, has enlarged the sphere of that fascinating enjoyment.’

No comments:

Post a Comment