Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851) was an early novelist who is most famous for her novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein is considered the first real Science Fiction novel; it was the earliest popular novel whose Speculative Fiction elements were presented as the results of (albeit implausible) human technology.
She was the daughter of the novelist William Godwin and feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. The elder Mary Godwin was one of the earliest feminists, famous for her work The Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which is one of the earliest significant modern works in favor of women's rights. Sadly, she died as a result of childbirth complications, eleven days after giving birth to her daughter.
Mary Shelley was a very prolific author, writing biographies, poetry, articles, travel journals, and short stories in addition to the novels she is most well-known for. Her novels include:
- The Last Man (adapted as the 2008 film of the same name)
- The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck
She is the subject of the biopic Mary Shelley. She was intended to be the subject of the third season of the anthology series Genius until the death of Aretha Franklin inspired the crew to make it about her instead.
She was featured in an episode of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.