Mary Shelley's Life Of Literature Essay

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"I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on" (SparkNote on Frankenstein). This famous quote said by Frankenstein, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which leaves a lasting impression on the reader was intended by Shelley. Literature was a major part of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's childhood and adulthood.
Mary Shelley's parents brought literature to her from the day she was born. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, as she was named at birth, was born to two intellectual rebels of their day, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, on August 30th, 1797. Mary Wollstonecraft was the celebrated author of A Vindication of the Right's of Woman (Mary Shelley Biography). Godwin was the author of An
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She also did not encourage Mary's intellectual development or love of reading (Mary Shelley Biography). William often times pressed the children to read. He opened a bookshop which would also become a publishing company. Among the books published by the Godwins, Tales from Shakespeare was one of the many children's books published (Garrett 12). Mary, who never received any formal education and learned to read from Louisa Jones and Godwin, followed Godwin's advice that the proper way to study was to read two or three books simultaneously. Fortunately for Mary, she had access to her father's excellent library (Mary Shelley Biography).
Mary's favorite pastime as a child was to write stories. In 1808 her reworking of Charles Dibdin's five-stanza song Mounseer Nongtongpaw was published by the Godwin Juvenile Library. This version became so popular that it was republished in 1830. Meanwhile, as Mary became a young woman, the tension with Mrs. Godwin increased (Mary Shelley Biography). In the summer of 1812, Godwin sent Mary to visit William Baxter, an acquaintance who lived in Dundee, Scotland. With the Baxter family, Mary experienced a happiness she had rarely known. A friendship soon developed between Mary and his two daughters, Christina and Isabel. Isabel was an avid reader of Mary Wollstonecraft's works which led to the strong bond her and Mary acquired (Garrett…