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The author of the book: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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"It was only in 1997, exactly two hundred years after Mary Shelley's birth, was Mary's story [Maurice or The Fisher's Cot] brought to light..." writes Claire Tomalin, the renowned biographer. Claire Tomalin's introduction to the tale (which is longer than the tale itself) is priceless. In the introduction she explores the circumstances which gave rise to the story which was a gift to Laurette, the elder daughter of Lady Mountcashell. Lady Mountcashell was a pupil of Mary Shelley's late mother Mary Wollstonecraft. This tale though meant to be a story for children does not escape the darkness which is peculiar to Shelley's works. The world she creates is evocative of loss, suffering and gloom. Clare Tomalin's introduction gives us much needed insight into Shelley's life which helps us understand the dark undercurrents in the story which stems from her own experience of loss (she had lost to death three of her children by then) and suffering.
The tale is divided into three parts imitating the adult three-volume novels of the period. This book also contains a preface by Cristina Dazzi who writes how she chanced upon the manuscript: "A few pages written in an orderly handwriting, tied in two thin bindings with a pale blue cover, which did little to please the eye. They were mixed up with a pile of personal letters, school diplomas, poems and dedications, economic and political pamphlets, newspaper cutting, visiting cards, train tickets, maps and photographs. A bit of everything... Suddenly I found this little book in my hands and I read the dedication at the top of the first page: 'To Laurette from her friend Mrs Shelley.' I thought I had misread it..."
Read information about the authorMary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer in her own lifetime, though reviewers often missed the political edge to her novels. After her death, however, she was chiefly remembered only as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein. It was not until 1989, when Emily Sunstein published her prizewinning biography Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality, that a full-length scholarly biography analyzing all of Shelley's letters, journals, and works within their historical context was published.
The well-meaning attempts of Mary Shelley's son and daughter-in-law to "Victorianise" her memory through the censoring of letters and biographical material contributed to a perception of Mary Shelley as a more conventional, less reformist figure than her works suggest. Her own timid omissions from Percy Shelley's works and her quiet avoidance of public controversy in the later years of her life added to this impression.
The eclipse of Mary Shelley's reputation as a novelist and biographer meant that, until the last thirty years, most of her works remained out of print, obstructing a larger view of her achievement. She was seen as a one-novel author, if that. In recent decades, however, the republication of almost all her writings has stimulated a new recognition of its value. Her voracious reading habits and intensive study, revealed in her journals and letters and reflected in her works, is now better appreciated. Shelley's recognition of herself as an author has also been recognized; after Percy's death, she wrote about her authorial ambitions: "I think that I can maintain myself, and there is something inspiriting in the idea". Scholars now consider Mary Shelley to be a major Romantic figure, significant for her literary achievement and her political voice as a woman and a liberal.
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