Daughter Of Earth And Water: A Biography Of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

This remarkable biography follows the passionate relationship between Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy was a celebrated poet, while Mary Shelley terrified the world with her novel Frankenstein and their marriage was marked by both tragedy and brilliance.
Daughter Of Earth And Water A Biography Of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley This remarkable biography follows the passionate relationship between Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley Percy was a celebrated poet while Mary Shelley terrified the world with her novel Frankenstein and

  • Title: Daughter Of Earth And Water: A Biography Of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Author: Gerson Noel Bertram
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly (1797–1851) is best known today as the author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. At age seventeen Mary eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley who was already married to another woman. Mary was pregnant with Percy's child when they returned from their elopement (child did not survive a premature birth). This was considered scandalous by soci [...]

    2. A fascinating, well-written and absorbing biography of Mary Shelley, it’s equally about her famous husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and the unconventional lives they led -- for the times they lived in. The personal and financial challenges they faced or, quite frankly, brought upon themselves were incredible and it’s a wonder they survived despite the constant creditors at their door. Brilliant in her own right, Mary’s intellectual capacity was equal to or superior than her husband’s and she [...]

    3. I loved this book. Percy Shelley was of almost no interest to me and my opinion of him did not improve much. I almost did not read Mary's biography but so very glad I did. Mary was amazing - not just for her time but in general. I was blown away by her genius. She may be one of my top 10 women role models of all time from biographies I have read. Noel Bertram did a wonderful job of bringing Mary's voice through (it helped she was such a prolific writer) and to methodically debunk myths about her [...]

    4. I'll admit that I went into reading this book with a bit of a lukewarm attitude. Although I'm always interested in 19th century women writers, I don't know as much about the writers in the earlier part of the century as I do in the mid or later part. All I really knew about Mary Shelley was that she wrote "Frankenstein" (a book I like but wouldn't put on my top 10 list of favorite books) and that her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft. However, this biography was a pleasant surprise. Mary Shelley wa [...]

    5. I downloaded a copy of this biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson when I saw it advertised in an Endeavour Press e-mail newsletter last year. The book was first published in the 1970s and has now been re-released as an ebook. I thought it made an interesting companion to Glorious Apollo, the novel about Byron I read recently, as there are crossovers where Byron and the Shelley's lives intertwined. It is also perfect timing for me to read this book now as the Endeavour Press vir [...]

    6. This is a thoroughly enjoyable biography of Mary Shelley and is just what a good biography should be - well-written, accessible, meticulously researched, not too overloaded with extraneous detail and always entertaining. Highly recommended

    7. Mary Shelley is one of England’s beloved writers, whose famous work of Frankenstein has lived in popular culture since the day it was published and has never been out of print. However, aside that she wrote Frankenstein, and she married Percy Bysshe Shelley, I really did not know anything about her personal life. This fascinating biography not only recounts her fascinating life and her accomplishments, but it is she who helped make Percy Bysshe Shelley from a minor poet into a classic figure w [...]

    8. This is a fabulous biography of Mary Shelley. I read everything I can about her fiction and non fiction This is not your bland and boring biography . It is a page turning engrossing book. I was surprised to learn that Mary And Percy disapproved of Byron's behavior. i always thought it made no difference . this is a must read for Shelley fans

    9. I grabbed this slightly older book during my Kindle Unlimited trial. It was pleasant to read and predates the idea that Mary and Shelley were dishonest fakers in everything they wrote and everything they did. I confess I like this interpretation much better. An exceptional woman no matter how you look at her.

    10. Interesting. The author absolutely determined to portray MWS as a saint in every way. Seems more likely she was human like the rest of us.

    11. Adequate OverviewConsidering all the impact of Mary Wollstone Shelley, this treatment lacks depth. The author largely fails to assess the critical importance of "Frankenstein." Since this is primarily the work for which she is remembered in her own right, readers might expect some discussion of the theme of parent/child relationships portrayed in the novel and pertinent to Shelley's life experiences. Similarly, the relationship of nature and the sublime would provide insight into Shelley's trave [...]

    12. Percy Bysshe Syelley was a famous poet in the early 19th century, but this book focuses mainly on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who went against all the conventions of the British society and decided to live with the poet, still married at that time. This is the story of profound love and trust they felt for each other, but life not devoid of tragedy and hardship. Mary was a remarkable and strong woman, cultured and independent, something almost never seen in those times. She is the author of Fra [...]

    13. Throughly enjoyed itI learned a lot about Mary Shelly and her poet husband. It piqued my interest to read some of her writing. Especially now that I understand the background of the person who wrote it.

    14. In my mind Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley has always been eclipsed by her husband, the great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The only work of hers I have read is "Frankenstein" and I was aware it was written as a kind of competition among the Shelley's circle to write a horror story. Consequently I am so glad that I came across this well written and well researched biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley since her story, in and of itself, is fascinating & inspiring. She was born of revered [...]

    15. I consider this to be a well documented biography. I began this book because I was about to read _Frankenstein_, when I realized I had little knowledge of the author. Other than the fact that she was a woman who was published at a time when men didn't easily allow access to the publishing world, I only knew that she was Percy Bysshe Shelley's wife. I now know her feminist roots and the basis for her thoughts and context of her character. Gerson's writing flows easily with references to contempor [...]

    16. I've read Frankenstein, and knew that Mary was married to Percy Shelley, whose poetry we studied in school. I also knew she was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, whose Vindication of the Rights of Women was a pioneering feminist work. Unfortunately, that's really all I knew about her. This biography is pretty solid. What sore trials Mary had - growing up motherless, becoming involved with a married man, losing children, and the final blow, losing Shelley in a most preventable way. It's amazin [...]

    17. A well written and apparently well-researched book. A pleasure to read. It debunks much which I had absorbed of the history, real or apocryphal, concerning the group around Shelley and Byron. Mary Shelley, its subject, is a fascinating woman--so determined and focused while working under the burdens of hardship and heartbreak--who lived her life on her own terms in a man's world. Impressive. Now I want to do more reading to see if other historians of the subject agree with the parts of the book [...]

    18. Long but worth sticking with.I wanted to know who the person was that wrote Frankenstein and lived with Shelley. This book tells you and does it clearly and with measured tread. Without her, we probably would not have a fraction of the knowledge or his poetry that we now have. Tragedy dogged her life but eventually, with her last son and her own efforts she more than survived. This is a darned good and informative read in which you also learn about Shelley, Byron and quite a few other characters [...]

    19. Very informative, but dull3.5/5.0 : This was a very informative biography, but the writing style was a bit dull. It provides a great window into life in England at the time of Mary Shelley's life and it was amazing to read about all the "rock stars" of English literature like Shelley, Keats, Byron, etc. who were contemporaries and well acquainted.I would recommend this book.

    20. This biography of Mary Shelley is eye-opening I think, dispelling many of the popular myths about Mary Shelley and her life -- e.g her and Percy Shelley's wild lifestyle. This biographer posits that, in spite of their forward-thinking worldviews, Mary and Percy were very conservative (very middle class) in their day-to-day lives, and in fact were highly critical of Lord Byron and his amoral exploits.

    21. Very Concise & SympatheticI enjoyed this biography of MWS. The author clearly loves her subject so there is very little that can be called negative in her assessment of Mary. It is very concise and just the right length for a valuable look at Mary's life without going in depth. I enjoyed the way the author described the softening over the years of Mary's views and the ultimate propriety of her behavior.

    22. A Very Readable BiorThis biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley surprised me a bit with how much I enjoyed it. I knew some of the history of her mother so I took a chance that I might learn about Percy and Mary of whom I knew little. There is nothing dry about this biography and it seems to be written in a scholarly manner as well as an engaging manner. I'm very glad to have it in my library.

    23. Well-written and absorbingI enjoyed this account of Mary Shelly's life because of the author's style and organization. Through her writings and other documented material , Shelly's life is recreated and dramatized so that your interest remains and is piqued to the end. Highly recommend.

    24. Riveting and fascinating readThis is not only a book about a life, but it also is a book about an era. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley established herself as an author while she supported her husband and his writing, while dealing with pressures from family and society. Readers who are not literary-minded will be enthralled.

    25. Excellent readSet aside some time to read this story. Once you start it's difficult to put down. The author has produced an interesting multi-aspect biography. Shelley and her husband are multi-talented and they had interesting lives. The description of the development of Frankenstein is remarkable. I highly recommend this reading.

    26. I did not really have any expectations one way or another for this biography. I enjoyed it, although after scandalously running off with a married poet, she (and he) became very conventional. Still, she lead an interesting life and stayed true to Percy Shelly and to their son, and she was a worhty subject for a biography.

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