Biography And Background Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein '

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Biography & Background Author of Frankenstein, Mary Goodwin, was born in London, England in 1797. Poet Percy Shelley, her father 's philosophy student took Goodwin to London to travel around Europe with her younger sister Jane. In 1816 the group traveled to Switzerland with Lord Byron. One night a member of the group suggested a writing competition. Shelley had writer 's block for a time until she had a dream about the creation of a monster. Therefore, within the following days she began to write a story that would lead to her famous novel, Frankenstein. The group would often tell horror stories aloud at night-time. A horrid topic that the group discussed was Galvanism. The theory of Galvanism concludes that the human body can create…show more content…
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