Staff Review: Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Dark and beautiful watercolor illustrations bring Mary Shelley's biography to life in this captivating graphic novel. Told in verse, this was a quick read and peek into Mary Shelley's odd, dark, and intense life. Mary was barely sixteen when she left home to follow the man she loved, the married Percy Shelley. It was a daring move for a 19th century British woman. Mary was disowned from her family and was branded a social outcast. After years of following Shelley around Europe, the deaths of her newborn children, and the suicides of some close family members and friends, Mary took her grief, pain, and regrets and created her famous Gothic novel, Frankenstein, and the horrifying character, Frankenstein's monster. This was a fast-paced, beautiful read that kept me intrigued by Mary's life and wanting to know more about the Romantic period in European culture.