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The author of the book: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.82 MB
Edition: Aegypan
Date of issue: June 1st 2006
ISBN: 1598188283
ISBN 13: 9781598188288

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Mary Shelley is exceedingly famous as the author of Frankenstein, but this work isn't known at all and wasn't even published until 1959. With good reason.

The story is that Mathilda's father leaves England after the death of his wife and doesn't return until she is 16 whereupon he falls in love with her. He confesses it to her and then kills himself. (view spoiler)[ No hot incestuous sex scenes here, this isn't a book by Virginia Andrews) (hide spoiler)]. Mathilda is consumed with unhappiness and making financial arrangements for a secure future, fakes her own suicide and taking the money, moves to a secluded cottage on the Yorkshire moors with only a servant for company.

Her situation, the loneliness and the depressing view of the future and possibly the bleak, treeless, windswept moors get to her and she decides to really kill herself. Matilda asks her only friend, a poet to make it a romantic suicide à deux and join her in drinking the poisoned beverages she has prepared.

Eloquently, not wanting to die himself, he persuades her to live. But she gets consumption and dies anyway, happy that it is a natural death and so doesn't spoil her chances of being reunited with her father in the happy hereafter. The father whose ardour for her was that of a lover, not a parent. And the daughter knows that and this desiring of with her father can only mean that she returns this unnatural affection and is looking forward to an eternity in her lover-father's arms.

Absolutely dire story, but the writing was ok.

Read March 2011.
Reviewed 2016.

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Ebook Mathilda by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Fiction, Classics read Online! Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer in her own lifetime, though reviewers often missed the political edge to her novels. After her death, however, she was chiefly remembered only as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein. It was not until 1989, when Emily Sunstein published her prizewinning biography Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality, that a full-length scholarly biography analyzing all of Shelley's letters, journals, and works within their historical context was published.

The well-meaning attempts of Mary Shelley's son and daughter-in-law to "Victorianise" her memory through the censoring of letters and biographical material contributed to a perception of Mary Shelley as a more conventional, less reformist figure than her works suggest. Her own timid omissions from Percy Shelley's works and her quiet avoidance of public controversy in the later years of her life added to this impression.

The eclipse of Mary Shelley's reputation as a novelist and biographer meant that, until the last thirty years, most of her works remained out of print, obstructing a larger view of her achievement. She was seen as a one-novel author, if that. In recent decades, however, the republication of almost all her writings has stimulated a new recognition of its value. Her voracious reading habits and intensive study, revealed in her journals and letters and reflected in her works, is now better appreciated. Shelley's recognition of herself as an author has also been recognized; after Percy's death, she wrote about her authorial ambitions: "I think that I can maintain myself, and there is something inspiriting in the idea". Scholars now consider Mary Shelley to be a major Romantic figure, significant for her literary achievement and her political voice as a woman and a liberal.

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