Frankenstein's story has been adapted for film, television, and theater countless times; yet, the popular culture version of the story clashes strongly with what Mary Shelley actually wrote.
Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London, England, the second daughter of famed feminist, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft and the equally famous anarchist philosopher, William Godwin.
The second edition of Frankenstein was published in August 1823 in two volumes (by G. and W. B. Whittaker), and this time credited Mary Shelley as the author.
Mary Shelley (August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851) was an English novelist, author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Mary Shelley experienced the horrors of a stillborn birth herself prior to completing the novel.
Mary Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, aged 53, in London and was interred at St. Peter's Churchyard in Bournemouth, in the English county of Dorset.