books pdf Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein (English Edition) By Lita Judge –

The dark, captivating story of one remarkable young woman And her monsterCreative genius Inventor of science fiction Pregnant teenage runaway Who was the real Mary Shelley Marys Monster is the compelling and beautifully illustrated story of Frankensteins author Mary Shelley the original rebel girl and an inspiration for everyone from teenage readers to adult Agedand pregnant, Mary runs away to Switzerland with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley Few people would have guessed that that fateful act would lead to a gothic novel still celebratedyears later But cast out by her family and isolated by society, Mary Shelley created Frankenstein and his monster, forged in the fire of her troubled and tragic life Part biography and part graphic novel, Marys Monster is an engrossing take on one remarkable young woman and her monster

10 thoughts on “Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein (English Edition)

  1. Cliente Cliente says:

    Non ci sono parole per descrivere la bellezza di questo libro Le illustrazioni sono magnifiche, piene di sentimento pagina dopo pagina si viene colpiti da una miriade di sensazioni diverse e l ispirazione si nasconde dietro ogni parola.

  2. Roberta Roberta says:

    Le illustrazioni sono bellissime, idem per la storia, vien voglia di leggerla tutta subito Ben impacchettato nessun problema con la spedizione, consiglio

  3. JHS JHS says:

    This book is really beautifully illustrated monochrome images on every page show slightly cartoonish depictions of a childlike Mary Shelley and the people around her.Unfortunately the author has fallen into many of the stereotypes around Shelley and presents as fact many wild theories, ultimately presenting an inaccurate portrait characters such as Mary s mother in law, Mary Jane Godwin, and Mary s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley are vilified to praise Mary above all others.The writing is curiously presented as poetry, but seems to just be standard prose with no literary devices or stylish phrases to make it interesting.This book looked good, but disappointed.

  4. Sarag Sarag says:

    Beautifully produced and illustrated book about the fascinating yet also tragic story of Mary Shelley

  5. Kay Kay says:

    This book is great the illustrations are incredible

  6. C. O'Brien C. O'Brien says:

    This is something I ve never seen before not a graphic novel, but a graphic biography So heavily illustrated that the pictures tell the story as much as the words, it s an imaginative introduction to the world of the Romantics aimed at the young adult YA market.Told in the first person and in verse by the young Mary Shelley, it traces her life from her troubled childhood through to her elopement with the anarchist poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the multiple bereavements she suffered and the creation of her iconic monster It s a concise and accessible exploration of Gothic sensibilities, but it cleverly overlaid with a few of our own Reading the text with the benefit of feminist hindsight, it s easy to be struck by the selfishness and self importance of both Mary s father William Godwin and her lover, later husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley For both of them, personal relationships seemed to take a poor second place to self interest, and they seemed immune to any accusation of hypocrisy considering the disconnect between their stated principles and their real life decisions Both effectively abandoned Mary whenever it suited them, and even once Mary s story was published, it had to go out anonymously because, according to her male publishers, no one would read such an audacious and terrifying book if they knew it was written by a woman And while Mary loses baby after baby in infancy, the men seem to barely notice while they discuss how man could create life via the new science of galvanism.It s also a telling portrait of a turbulent period in European history We think we live in dark times now, but how much darker was it to grow up and try to launch a life in the immediate shadow of revolution, terror and widespread penury The only jarring note for me as a British reader was struck by the occasional Americanisms in a text which is ostensibly written by a young English girl two hundred years ago However, that s a minor point, and there are relatively few examples which have slipped through the editing process.The drawings are memorable especially the closeups of Mary s face, and the realisation of the original monster as he forms the backdrop to Mary s imagination, entwined with her own figure as she dreams and struggles to give birth to something that will endure Once again, with hindsight, we can wonder at the exploitation later generations inflicted on Mary s subtle and nuanced creation, turning him into a lumbering nightmare familiar to us from horror films His creator s imagination and her courage in creating him out of so much loss and heartbreak is worth much than that, and this book goes a long way towards explaining her story to a new generation.

  7. Jo Bennie Jo Bennie says:

    A stunning combination of beautiful illustrations, eloquent text and a fascinating story.Mary Shelley was raised to think for herself, but in 19th century England this put her in direct opposition to society Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a radical philosopher who travelled alone to France and was an influential force during the French Revolution Her father, William Godwin, was captivated by this blazing star, and they married and returned to London But she died giving birth to Mary, and a free thinking childhood staying up late to hear the likes of Coleridge read poetry was cut short when he remarried What Mary had been taught since she could think, about the equality of women and men, was no longer welcome and brought her into opposition with her new stepmother.Exiled to Scotland, a happy time, then resummoned to London, meeting Percy Shelley, falling in love with this married man, falling pregnant and eloping with Percy puts her firmly outside of acceptable society Shunned, having lost her baby the couple move to Switzerland to meet up with the famous Lord Byron in during the summer of 1783, the year without a summer when the atmospheric ash cloud from the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland caused global crop failure and famine Faced with hostility at the local hotel they take a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and live through the famous storms that gave birth in Mary s mind to Frankenstein.Mary s life is often marginalised, Percy given prominence, but she, and her mother, are coming into their own as two of the first feminists.This is a beautiful book which honours a spirit born, perhaps, too early for her time, but who was thinking about the questions of man s creation and ethics that echo through discussions around AI today An eloquent tribute to an extraordinary person.

  8. Brida Brida says:

    I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this biography from , through their Vine programme What I found was a beautifully illustrated biography of the author to the classic tale, Frankenstein.It is set out in free verse, with black and white illustrations on every page The illustrations add impact to the words, eliciting deeper reactions and emotions from you, as the reader What you find unfolding before you, is the tale of a young girl, whose life was shrouded by death, hope, inequality and brutality Judge s aim with this graphic biography, is to show us that, despite her beginning her infamous tale as a dare, whilst in Geneva, the tale that came from her actually had its roots far deeper within her past.Aimed at the young adult market, this is a fantastic way to introduce younger readers to an extraordinary female talent But, it will not only be young adults who enjoy this work anyone with an interest in Shelley would find this an illuminating, and moving piece.

  9. Amy Connolly Amy Connolly says:

    This is a beautiful book.It wasn t quite what I was expecting, but that s a good thing.There s not as much text in it as I thought there would be, but each page has such beautiful graphics that I don t mind And there s still a lot of info on Mary and the book.

  10. You caught me procrastinating again You caught me procrastinating again says:

    This is a great looking book, a graphic novel that brings the story of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein to life in the best way possible While aimed at young adults, it s suitable for anybody with a desire to learn about English Literature.