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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

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Pairing free verse with over three hundred pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations, Mary's Monster is a unique and stunning biography of Mary Shelley, the pregnant teenage runaway who became one of the greatest authors of all time.

Legend is correct that Mary Shelley began penning Frankenstein in answer to a dare to write a ghost story. What most people don't know, however, is that the seeds of her novel had been planted long before that night. By age nineteen, she had been disowned by her family, was living in scandal with a married man, and had lost her baby daughter just days after her birth. Mary poured her grief, pain, and passion into the powerful book still revered two hundred years later, and in Mary's Monster, author/illustrator Lita Judge has poured her own passion into a gorgeous book that pays tribute to the life of this incredible author.

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"Readers will be enthralled by the dark and exacting verse, beautifully accompanied by haunting black-and-white watercolor spreads. In the poem 'I Am Seventeen': 'Already / I am daughter to a ghost / and mother to bones.' This work does not skimp on the details, however sordid they may be. The pain, fervor, and tragic events that drove Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein will sit with readers well after the volume is finished. It also discusses the issue of women’s rights at the time (or lack thereof) in a somberly poignant way that mirrors many of Shelley’s own experiences." — Molly Dettmann, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 14 and up
Author Lita Judge
ISBN 1626725004
Publication Date Jan 30, 2018
Publisher Roaring Brook Press
Language English