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Outcasts: A Novel of Mary Shelley book coverOutcasts: A Novel of Mary Shelley

by Sarah Stegall

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Paperback original, 272 pages

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On a dark and stormy night in 1816, an 18-year-old unwed mother sat down and invented science fiction. To be precise, on June 16, 1816, Mary Shelley began to write Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. From the moment of its publication only two years later, in 1818, readers have been wondering, as Mary put it, "How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?" Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was the daughter of two of the most radical philosophers in England — and the lover of radical poet Percy Shelley. She was no stranger to controversy.

Outcasts takes readers behind the scenes, to reveal the surprisingly contemporary thoughts and feelings of Mary and Percy, their friend Lord Byron, and the other guests at the "most famous literary party in history."

As the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein approaches, many readers will rediscover the novel, perhaps reading it for the first time. Outcasts reveals new insights into the origin of the most famous monster in the world, while showing us the stunning new science, radical politics and social turmoil of Europe in the wake of the Napoleonic wars. The world was on the brink of a new era, when anything and everything was possible, and in this brave new world a new literature — and a timeless Creature — was born.

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ISBN 978-1-60940-517-5 9781609405175
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