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Critical Companion to Mary Shelley
  • Authored by: Virginia Brackett
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816081239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8123-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 02/01/2012
  • Dewey Number: 823
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 368


Mary Shelley is best known for her classic novel Frankenstein, a literary masterpiece that remains one of the most frequently taught books in high school and college classrooms, but her other works of fiction are also important and increasingly popular. In addition, her personal life continues to fascinate. She was the wife of the great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the daughter of the feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft. The new Critical Companion to Mary Shelley is the definitive one-stop resource for anyone interested in this influential author.

Coverage includes:

  • A concise but thorough biography of Shelley
  • Entries on Shelley's major works—including extensive coverage of Frankenstein, as well as all her other novels and important short stories—with subentries on each work's main characters
  • Entries on related people, publications, and topics, such as Byronic hero, Paradise Lost, romanticism, science fiction, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Appendixes, including a chronology, a bibliography of Shelley's works, and a secondary source bibliography.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Virginia Brackett holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas and is an associate professor of English and chair of the English Department at Park University. She has published many books, including Elizabeth Cary: Writer of Conscience, a recommended book for teens by the New York Public Library, and Restless Genius: The Story of Virginia Woolf, selected as one of 30 recommended books by the Amelia Bloomer Project of the American Library Association. She is also the coauthor of The Facts On File Companion to the British Novel and the author of The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 17th and 18th Centuries, which was named an "Editors' Choice Reference Source" by Booklist/RBB.

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