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Mary Shelley

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley

Profession: Frankenstein Author


Biography: Known for her efforts to publish Percy Shelley's works and for her novel Frankenstein.

Born: August 30, 1797
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: February 1, 1851 (aged 53)
Cause of Death: Brain tumor

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  • 1818-01-01 Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones
  • 1931-11-21 Horror film "Frankenstein" is released, starring Boris Karloff as the monster, directed by James Whale and based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"
  • 2021-09-20 First edition of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel "Frankenstein" sells for $1.17 million, setting new world record for a printed work by a woman

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