Mary Shelley by Miranda Seymour audiobook

Mary Shelley

By Miranda Seymour
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Simon & Schuster Audio UK 9780571279661
27.51 Hours Unabridged
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‘The most dazzling biography of a female writer to have come my way for a decade…' – Financial Times ‘To be savoured for its vivid and sympathetic recreation of the tragic life and brilliant times of the gifted Mary Shelley’Times Literary SupplementBrilliant and enthralling' Independent On Sunday 'Wonderfully vivid' Spectator The definitive and richly woven biography of Mary Shelley, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein   The creator of the world’s most famous outsider became one herself . . . There is no more dramatic scene in literary history than the stormy night by Lake Geneva when Byron, Claire Clairmont, Polidori and the Shelleys met to talk of horror and the unexplained. From that emerged Frankenstein, a monster who has haunted imaginations for two hundred years.   Miranda Seymour illustrates the rich and unexplored life of Mary Shelley. Everything from her childhood to her tempestuous relationship with Percy Shelley; Seymour brings to life the brilliant mind that created Frankenstein through unexplored and intriguing sources.    The Mary Shelley we meet here is a woman we can engage with and understand. Her world, so rich in its settings and its cast of characters, seems drawn from a novel. She, at its centre, is flawed, brave, generous, and impetuous, a woman whose dark and brilliant imagination gave us a myth which seems ever more potent in our own era.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of 2001

‘The most dazzling biography of a female writer to have come my way for a decade…' – Financial Times

‘To be savoured for its vivid and sympathetic recreation of the tragic life and brilliant times of the gifted Mary Shelley’Times Literary Supplement

Brilliant and enthralling' Independent On Sunday

'Wonderfully vivid' Spectator

The definitive and richly woven biography of Mary Shelley, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein
 
The creator of the world’s most famous outsider became one herself . . .

There is no more dramatic scene in literary history than the stormy night by Lake Geneva when Byron, Claire Clairmont, Polidori and the Shelleys met to talk of horror and the unexplained. From that emerged Frankenstein, a monster who has haunted imaginations for two hundred years.
 
Miranda Seymour illustrates the rich and unexplored life of Mary Shelley. Everything from her childhood to her tempestuous relationship with Percy Shelley; Seymour brings to life the brilliant mind that created Frankenstein through unexplored and intriguing sources. 
 
The Mary Shelley we meet here is a woman we can engage with and understand. Her world, so rich in its settings and its cast of characters, seems drawn from a novel. She, at its centre, is flawed, brave, generous, and impetuous, a woman whose dark and brilliant imagination gave us a myth which seems ever more potent in our own era.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Provides a thoughtfully considered, lifelike portrait of a complex, often misunderstood character.” Los Angeles Times
'The most thorough account of Shelley’s life…eminently readable.'
'I envy any reader of this excellent biography who happens not to be very familiar with the lives of Shelley and the girl who eloped with him when she was sixteen.' Diana Athill
'Gracefully sweeping through the dramatic life of the woman behind history’s most legendary monster, Miranda Seymour unbuttons a world of brilliant literary figures in Mary Shelley and re-creates the imaginative time in which Frankenstein was born… The Mary we meet here, brilliantly brought to life by Seymour from previously unexplored sources, is flawed, brave, generous, and impetuous.'
'A harrowing life, wonderfully retold.' Washington Post Best Books of the Year
'Seymour is adept at capturing the cultural climate and social context of the early nineteenth century in the major English and Italian settings of Shelley’s life story. She has done hard and valuable work in finely combining the correspondence of the many players in this story, and reconstructing the likeliest version of events---no mean feat with a circle, such as Shelley’s, that was rife with contention, backbiting and self-promotion.'
'Seymour’s scrupulous, almost anxiously tender portrait peels away the myths like layers of tissue paper shrouding a lost relic. This is a fine biography that gives us the dense background to Mary Shelley’s work while losing none of the searing glamour and pain of her sad, extraordinary life.'
'Mary’s tragic life story makes for a biography as intriguing as her masterpiece.'
'Seymour’s book is a timeless representation of a woman who endured skewed public perceptions about herself and her loved ones.'
'One of the finest and most significant biographies of recent years.'
'Miranda Seymour’s lucid biography arrives as the general reader’s guide to Mary Shelley’s ascent to academic cult status… Seymour is persuasive.'
'Splendid biography.'
'Mary Shelley, Miranda Seymour’s affectionate and well-written biography, concisely sketches the background of scientific inquiry that influenced Shelley’s early intellectual development… Seymour keenly brings out how fraught Mary Shelley’s own life was with tragedies of childbirth and infant mortality… In 1818, the Shelleys moved to Italy…where Byron now was. They formed a tense and inbred circle, sharply evoked by Seymour: the women eyeing each other jealously, each serially or simultaneously in love with Shelley or Byron or both… Miranda Seymour is a novelist as well as an experienced biographer… She has vivid narrative gifts and a perceptive understanding of the main personalities.' New York Times Notable Books
"[A] splendid biography.” New Yorker
To be savoured for its vivid and sympathetic recreation of the tragic life and brilliant times of the gifted Mary Shelley.’
‘The most dazzling biography of a female writer to have come my way for a decade… Here, for the first time, Shelley steps off the page as a living, thinking, suffering woman, fraught and caught in the web of her own intelligence.’ Jackie Wullschlager
Brilliant and enthralling, this portrait illuminates Mary’s life in many unexpected ways.’
A wonderfully vivid, human and learned portrait of the woman who created Frankenstein, married Shelley, and, amazingly, survived.’
“A harrowing life, wonderfully retold.” Washington Post
“[Miranda Seymour] has vivid narrative gifts and a perceptive understanding of the main personalities.” New York Times Book Review
Mary Shelley is the most dazzling biography of a female writer to have come my way for a decade.” Financial Times (London)

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 27.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English