Mary's Monster

Mary's Monster : Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

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The dark, captivating story of one remarkable young woman. And her monster.

Creative genius...? Inventor of science fiction...? Pregnant teenage runaway...? Who was the real Mary Shelley?

Mary's Monster is the compelling and beautifully illustrated story of Frankenstein's author Mary Shelley - the original rebel girl and an inspiration for everyone from teenage readers to adult. Aged 16 and 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 celebrated 200 years 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, Mary's Monster is an engrossing take on one remarkable young woman and her monster.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160 x 215 x 30mm | 674g
  • Wren & Rook
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526360411
  • 9781526360410
  • 262,792

Table of contents

1: Prologue
2: Part 1: Exile
3: Part 2: My Second Birth
4: Part 3: My Return to Darkness
5: Part 4: The Poet
6: Part 5: Six Weeks of Freedom
7: Part 6: Return to England
8: Part 7: Wild Hearts
9: Part 8: Deeper into Nightmares
10: Part 9: An Ending
11: Epilogue
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If this book doesn't win every award out there I'm going to be quite disappointed in the world. It is astounding - a truly amazing and beautiful piece of work. * @LisaLibros * It's 200 years since Frankenstein was first published, and this hybrid volume - somewhere between illustrated book and graphic novel - celebrates the life of its creator in smoky monochrome images and impassioned prose. Sweeping and gothic, yet carefully researched, it's a fitting companion to Mary Shelley's classic text -- Suzi Feay * The Financial Times * Stupendously illustrated...It's a heart-wrenching read in parts, and a deeply inspiring one in others. * BookTrust *
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About Lita Judge

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of over 20 fiction and non-fiction picture books. Her books have received numerous awards including the Sterling North Award, the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notable and Kirkus Best of. She enjoys teaching both writing and illustration to students of all ages and shares much about her creative process in classrooms and on her blog and website. Lita lives with her husband, two cats and a little green parrot named Beatrix in Peterborough, New Hampshire. You can visit her online at
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