Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Was Born on This Day in 1797 in London | #PromoteHorror |#FrankensteinDay

You can view the actual digitized manuscript of Frankenstein from 1818. Browse a collection of the family’s digitized papers, including the original manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the National Endowment of the Humanities grant-funded Shelly-Godwin Archive.

Mary Shelley Portrait by Richard Rothwell, image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Mary Wollstonecraft and her husband William Godwin, together with their daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, have been justly called “England’s first family of writers.”

Using the Shelley-Godwin Archive: Introduction

The Shelley-Godwin Archive is designed so that users can easily navigate, browse, and search for manuscript images and transcriptions. The main menu items — “Home Page,” “About,” “Explore the Archive,” “Search,” and “Using the Archive” — are accessible from any page. The contents of the Archive are cataloged primarily by manuscript and work. The metadata associated with each manuscript page can be grouped together in a number of useful ways by creating a “manifest.” For the Frankenstein manuscripts, for example, there are several manifests enabling the page images to be viewed in a variety of sequences. Watch the instructional video to learn the best way to navigate the archive.

The Shelley-Godwin Archive will provide the digitized manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, bringing together online for the first time ever the widely dispersed handwritten legacy of this uniquely gifted family of writers. The result of a partnership between the New York Public Library and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, in cooperation with Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the S-GA also includes key contributions from the Huntington Library, the British Library, the Houghton Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In total, these partner libraries contain over 90% of all known relevant manuscripts.

Victor Frankenstein becoming disgusted at his creation. Illustration from the frontispiece of the 1831 edition. Steel engraving (993 x 71mm) to the revised edition of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, published by Colburn and Bentley, London 1831. By Theodore Von Holst (1810-1844) – Tate Britain. Private collection, Bath., Public Domain

Mary Shelley will always be the mother of horror fiction to me because of her marvelous creation, which has inspired so many different representations of her monster since it was first published in 1818. It’s a timeless tale.

— Wickedmama

“Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus” is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London in 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

This is my favorite recording of the 1818 edition by HorrorBabble:

HorrorBabble’s reading of the 1818 edition of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Did you know that Thomas Edison did a short film adaptation of Frankenstein in 1910?

Well, I always knew it was out there but never have seen it until today. It’s free to watch and share, courtesy of The Internet Archive:

Frankenstein book cover art by Berni Wrightson. Stylized modern art in bright green and dark pink (background). For sale on

Pick up a copy of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein on Amazon or at your favorite local used bookstore.

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  1. Wickedmama says:

    Tweeted by The British Library today: Mary Shelley, born #OTD in 1797, was an English novelist and author of Frankenstein (1818). Take a look at these digitised letters from Mary to step-sister Claire Clairmont (1844–1848), one of which ends with, ‘Pray burn this.’
    View the archive at the library, online here:

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