7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Poet and author Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to illuminate the real woman behind her canonical work.
Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life forever. It was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her novel Frankenstein.
Join Fiona Sampson as she uncovers a complex, generous character – friend, intellectual, lover and mother – trying to fulfil her own passionate commitment to writing at a time when to be a woman writer was an extraordinary and costly anomaly.
Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator and university professor as well as a violinist. In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein is a major new work of biography published for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein.
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Reserve tickets at this website19:15 19:15 Europe/London Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein Poet and author Fiona Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to illuminate the real woman behind her canonical work. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/04/09/mary-shelley-the-girl-who-wrote-frankenstein-167873 The British Library,96 Euston Road, London,London,London