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The dark, captivating story of one remarkable young woman And her monsterCreative genius Inventor of science fiction Pregnant teenage runaway Who was the real Mary Shelley Marys Monster is the compelling and beautifully illustrated story of Frankensteins author Mary Shelley the original rebel girl and an inspiration for everyone from teenage readers to adult Agedand 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 celebratedyears 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, Marys Monster is an engrossing take on one remarkable young woman and her monster

13 thoughts on “Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

  1. JHS JHS says:

    This book is really beautifully illustrated monochrome images on every page show slightly cartoonish depictions of a childlike Mary Shelley and the people around her.Unfortunately the author has fallen into many of the stereotypes around Shelley and presents as fact many wild theories, ultimately presenting an inaccurate portrait characters such as Mary s mother in law, Mary Jane Godwin, and Mary s husband Percy Bysshe Shelley are vilified to praise Mary above all others.The writing is curiously presented as poetry, but seems to just be standard prose with no literary devices or stylish phrases to make it interesting.This book looked good, but disappointed.

  2. Sarag Sarag says:

    Beautifully produced and illustrated book about the fascinating yet also tragic story of Mary Shelley

  3. Kay Kay says:

    This book is great the illustrations are incredible

  4. Z. Toft Z. Toft says:

    Quite astonishing.A genre busting teen historical verse cum graphic novel biography about how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein Poetic, beautiful, moving, captivating and startling, brilliantly balancing Judge s own finessed storytelling with historical evidence the endpages detail all the sources drawn upon to evidence a particular turn of phrase or event All against a dramatic visual backdrop bursting across and off each page, perfectly reflecting the tumultuous events in Mary s life, and also bringing home how young she was certainly by today s standards I wouldn t be surprised if it appears on award shortlists or picks of the year.

  5. C. O'Brien C. O'Brien says:

    This is something I ve never seen before not a graphic novel, but a graphic biography So heavily illustrated that the pictures tell the story as much as the words, it s an imaginative introduction to the world of the Romantics aimed at the young adult YA market.Told in the first person and in verse by the young Mary Shelley, it traces her life from her troubled childhood through to her elopement with the anarchist poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the multiple bereavements she suffered and the creation of her iconic monster It s a concise and accessible exploration of Gothic sensibilities, but it cleverly overlaid with a few of our own Reading the text with the benefit of feminist hindsight, it s easy to be struck by the selfishness and self importance of both Mary s father William Godwin and her lover, later husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley For both of them, personal relationships seemed to take a poor second place to self interest, and they seemed immune to any accusation of hypocrisy considering the disconnect between their stated principles and their real life decisions Both effectively abandoned Mary whenever it suited them, and even once Mary s story was published, it had to go out anonymously because, according to her male publishers, no one would read such an audacious and terrifying book if they knew it was written by a woman And while Mary loses baby after baby in infancy, the men seem to barely notice while they discuss how man could create life via the new science of galvanism.It s also a telling portrait of a turbulent period in European history We think we live in dark times now, but how much darker was it to grow up and try to launch a life in the immediate shadow of revolution, terror and widespread penury The only jarring note for me as a British reader was struck by the occasional Americanisms in a text which is ostensibly written by a young English girl two hundred years ago However, that s a minor point, and there are relatively few examples which have slipped through the editing process.The drawings are memorable especially the closeups of Mary s face, and the realisation of the original monster as he forms the backdrop to Mary s imagination, entwined with her own figure as she dreams and struggles to give birth to something that will endure Once again, with hindsight, we can wonder at the exploitation later generations inflicted on Mary s subtle and nuanced creation, turning him into a lumbering nightmare familiar to us from horror films His creator s imagination and her courage in creating him out of so much loss and heartbreak is worth much than that, and this book goes a long way towards explaining her story to a new generation.

  6. Jo Bennie Jo Bennie says:

    A stunning combination of beautiful illustrations, eloquent text and a fascinating story.Mary Shelley was raised to think for herself, but in 19th century England this put her in direct opposition to society Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was a radical philosopher who travelled alone to France and was an influential force during the French Revolution Her father, William Godwin, was captivated by this blazing star, and they married and returned to London But she died giving birth to Mary, and a free thinking childhood staying up late to hear the likes of Coleridge read poetry was cut short when he remarried What Mary had been taught since she could think, about the equality of women and men, was no longer welcome and brought her into opposition with her new stepmother.Exiled to Scotland, a happy time, then resummoned to London, meeting Percy Shelley, falling in love with this married man, falling pregnant and eloping with Percy puts her firmly outside of acceptable society Shunned, having lost her baby the couple move to Switzerland to meet up with the famous Lord Byron in during the summer of 1783, the year without a summer when the atmospheric ash cloud from the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland caused global crop failure and famine Faced with hostility at the local hotel they take a house on the shores of Lake Geneva and live through the famous storms that gave birth in Mary s mind to Frankenstein.Mary s life is often marginalised, Percy given prominence, but she, and her mother, are coming into their own as two of the first feminists.This is a beautiful book which honours a spirit born, perhaps, too early for her time, but who was thinking about the questions of man s creation and ethics that echo through discussions around AI today An eloquent tribute to an extraordinary person.

  7. Cliente stg2bio.co Cliente stg2bio.co says:

    Non ci sono parole per descrivere la bellezza di questo libro Le illustrazioni sono magnifiche, piene di sentimento pagina dopo pagina si viene colpiti da una miriade di sensazioni diverse e l ispirazione si nasconde dietro ogni parola.

  8. Roberta Roberta says:

    Le illustrazioni sono bellissime, idem per la storia, vien voglia di leggerla tutta subito Ben impacchettato nessun problema con la spedizione, consiglio

  9. Maureen Hoffman Wehmeier Maureen Hoffman Wehmeier says:

    WOW This was a great read It was at once dark and sad, yet hopeful and uplifting Poor Mary She had so much tragedy in her life, yet she held on to her love for Percy Bysshe Shelley and her children Lita Judge captures young Mary and paints her with words so the reader feels the angst of her early years, her journeys with Shelley and Claire, the the ultimate success of writing a novel that had to be published with the author s name listed as Anonymous, because it was thought no one would read a novel such as this if it was discovered a female had penned it Fabulous job, Ms Judge.

  10. Viewer Viewer says:

    What a fabulous and unique idea, what an amazing read Beautifully illustrated and so emotionally charged, this gorgeous hardcover graphic novel honestly tells the concise and heartbreaking biography of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, The Last Man and a few other works, and breaks all the barriers of the typical graphic experience with poetry, struggle and raw emotions We see what truly were Mary s Monsters and what circumstances created her own unique personality, lifestyle, as well as all the heartbreaking events in her life It is one of those books that just makes you want , and I hope this author will consider doing othersperhaps Emily Dickinson, George Eliot, Louisa May Alcott, the Brontes Gracious, I would buy them all in a heartbeat I just finished a bio on Mary Shelley and a reread of Frankenstein This was the perfect read to finish out a trio of honoring Mary Shelley Discovered it by s recommendation list So glad I indulged

  11. EMo EMo says:

    Here s one of those books I think I will find myself turning to again and again I read it in one fast gulp The amazing combination of Lita s art interspersed with text is thoroughly entrancing It draws you painfully close to Mary Shelle and her monsters, real and fictional My heart ached for her, but I was equally moved by her resilience I can t say enough about the art It floored me Highly recommended.

  12. Kat Kat says:

    I really loved this book Great writing and the illustrations went so well with the narrative When the author said Lord Byron was bored, the illustration definitely showed Lord Byron bored This was a great intro to Mary Shelley s sad life Be sure to check out the author s picture book, Flight School So cute

  13. Leela Fireside Leela Fireside says:

    This is a good and interesting book The reader learns what Mary s life was like pretty dreadful , and the influences on her that could have led her to create Frankenstein The graphic images made it something that my daughter a teen with dyslexia enjoyed also.