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Mary Shelley


Aged 19, she created Frankenstein, published 2 years later in 1818 as ‘Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus’. She is less famous for the post-apocalyptic sci- fi novel ‘The Last Man’ (1826) and her significant historical novels, including ‘The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck’, in 1830, concerning the life of the pretender to the throne of Henry VII. Frankenstein was first adapted for the cinema in a 10-minute 1910 Edison Studios silent.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley died in Chester Square and is buried with her parents and Percy Shelley’s heart in St. Peter’s Church, Hinton Road, Bournemouth.

(Photos: Mark Edmonds)
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