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The Last Man

The Last Man( )
Author: Shelley, Mary
Series title:Xist Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-1-68195-157-7
Publication Date:Aug 2015
Publisher:Xist Publishing
Imprint:Xist Classics
Book Format:Ebook
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The Apocalyptic Novel of the 19th Century "What is there in our nature that is for ever urging us on towards pain and misery?" - Mary Shelley, The Last Man Set in the late 21th century, The Last Man by Mary Shelley follows closely the life of Lionel who grew up isolated from society although he and his sister were meant to be raised by the Royal British family. Eventually, he becomes civilized and fond of the society of Men after meeting the heir of the British throne, Adrian. But how...
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Pages:329
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Author Biography
Shelley, Mary (Author)
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money.

Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good.

Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. She died from a brain tumor on February 1, 1851 at the age of 54. 030



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