Death & the Maidens : Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle
1816 was the fateful year when the Romantic poet Shelley and his lover Mary shared a hectic creative and sexual menage in Switzerland with Lord Byron. This intense period drew from the men some of the greatest poetry of the age; from Mary, it elicited the seminal figures of Frankenstein and his Creature. But for other women close to Shelley it was a time of tragedy. At the heart of the story are Fanny Wollstonecraft and Harriet Westbrook, women whose lives were literally overwhelmed by him - and who both committed suicide before the year was out.
- Hardback | 328 pages
- 162 x 240 x 32mm | 660g
- 28 Jun 2007
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 16 Illustrations, unspecified
About Janet Todd
Janet Todd is Professor of English at Aberdeen University. She has written numerous books including celebrated biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Aphra Behn, the first professional woman playwright. She is the general editor of the definitive edition of Jane Austen.