You think you know Frankenstein? The green-hued creature of the 1931 movie? Peter Boyle singing and dancing in Young Frankenstein? Think again, and take a dive into the novel that started it all.
First fun fact: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came up with the story. While staying in Geneva in 1816 with her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron, Byron challenged the party to come up with the best ghost story. Mary Shelley was the only one to complete hers. She turned her story into a novel and published it anonymously in March, 1818, as Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. It wasn’t until the 1822 second edition of the book that Mary Shelley was credited as its author.
Shelley was the daughter of the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother died of infection shortly after Mary’s birth. At fifteen she met Percy Shelley, a married man, and ran