How long have you been writing professionally? My first paranormal romance was published in under the title The Mists of Midnight.
Introduction Mary Shelley made an anonymous but powerful debut into the world of literature when Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus was published in March, She was only nineteen when she began writing her story. She and her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelleywere visiting poet Lord Byron at Lake Geneva in Switzerland when Byron challenged each of his guests to write a ghost story.
Settled around Byron's fireplace in Junethe intimate group of intellectuals had their imaginations and the stormy weather as the stimulus and inspiration for ghoulish visions. A few nights later, Mary Shelley imagined the "hideous phantasm of man" who became the confused yet deeply sensitive creature in Frankenstein.
She once said, "My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings. Its lasting power can be seen in the range of reactions explored by various literary critics and over ninety dramatizations.
Although early critics greeted the novel with a combination of praise and disdain, readers were fascinated with and a bit horrified by the macabre aspects of the novel.
Interestingly, the macabre has transformed into the possible as the world approaches the twenty-first century: In addition to scientific interest, literary commentators have noted the influence of both Percy Shelley and William Godwin Mary's father in the novel.
Many contemporary critics have focused their attention on the novel's biographical elements, tracing Shelley's maternal and authorial insecurities to her very unique creation myth.
Ultimately, the novel resonates with philosophical and moral ramifications: Author Biography Surrounded by some of the most famous authors in history, Mary Shelley struggled to find her own authorial voice in Frankenstein.
Shelley's freethinking parents married when Wollstonecraft was five months pregnant with Shelley. Even though both Godwin and Wollstonecraft philosophically opposed the institution of marriage, they wanted to give Mary social respectability.
Unfortunately, Shelley would never witness her parents' marital relationship because Wollstonecraft died ten days after Mary's birth. A doctor summoned by the midwife, who could not remove the placenta after Mary's delivery infected Wollstonecraft's uterus with his unwashed hands.
Shelley turned to Wollstonecraft's books to learn about a mother she never knew. Self-taught, she also engaged herself with the books that graced her father's library shelves. Godwin, Mary lane Clairmont, affirmed Godwin's decision not to give Shelley any formal schooling, even though they both recognized Shelley's curious mind.
Clairmont played a major role with other decisions in Mary's life, which gradually heightened Mary's unhappiness with her home life. In fact, Mary's upbringing mirrored certain elements of the childhood story Cinderella because Clairmont favored her own children above Godwin's.
Clairmont harbored jealous feelings towards the offspring of two of the most progressive thinkers of the time. In addition, Clairmont resented Shelley's strong devotion to Godwin, so she limited Shelley's interaction with her father.Vampires, Mummies, and Liberals: Bram Stoker and the Politics of Popular Fiction (from Duke University Press, ).
He is a team member of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and, at Southampton, a Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish and non-Jewish Relations.
An introduction to general principles. Students' fiction and poetry receive critical evaluation through workshops and conferences. The course is designed to improve students' creative and critical faculties through exposure to a variety of styles and genres in contemporary literature--e.g., poetry, fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms.
Dracula by Bram Stoker was published in and horrified audiences with its tale of a blood-sucking vampire who appears at nightfall to pursue vulnerable women. Written by Mary Shelley in , The Last Man is a work of science fiction that chronicles the extermination of the human race by plague.
A bold adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel gives the vampire classic a new, modern sensibility. The cast includes Marc Warren (Band of Brothers), Sophia . Bram Stoker Awards The Horror Writers Association, an organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy,"dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it," recently announced the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards.
She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors, and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected-our bodies and our fates.