Mary Shelley’s Birthday and 200 Years of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Birthday and 200 Years of Frankenstein

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” — Mary Shelley (August 30, 1797 – February 5, 1851)

National Frankenstein Day is celebrated on August 30, the birthday of the novel’s author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Coincidentally, 2018 is the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein‘s publication, and this anniversary has been celebrated throughout 2018 with new books, movies and plays honoring Shelley’s impact.

Earlier this year, publisher SP Books produced 1000 copies of the facsimile of Shelley’s original manuscript. The manuscript features notes and edits from Shelley and her husband, poet Percy Shelley.

A 2018 biopic, Mary Shelley, directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and starring Elle Fanning, focuses on Shelley’s early relationship with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron and emphasizes the feminist influence of Shelley’s mother Mary Wollstonecraft, philosopher and activist (see the New York Times Review here).

A traveling exhibit detailing the history of the novel and the science behind the fiction is currently housed at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, and a off-Broadway Frankenstein musical is scheduled to perform at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York City through December.

Mary Shelley, circa 1840. Portrait by Richard Rothwell. Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons.



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