Mary had issues, no doubt about it. But her mother was always there for her...
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reviews, raw pretty much five star very flattering, New York Times calls are the best seller. I think it would make a dandy Christmas present. People still say dandy anymore. I don't know, but your copy awaits at micro dotcom, Slash book. This is the way I heard marries parents had been separated for as long as she could remember and like a lot of kids from broken homes. Mary found herself drawn the one more than the other. In this case it was her mother, unlike her father areas mother, never criticized judged, and so, when men, found herself three months pregnant with child of a married man. She turned to the parent she knew would understand. Oh mother, he's the most gifted poet. I've ever read his handsome here, brilliant, but he's married to Harriet. What am I to do?
we don't know precisely what marries mother said, but after their meeting Mary was clearly inspired. She announced her pregnancy, declared her unconditional love for Harry its husband. Obviously, this did not sit well with Harriet who found marries, conduct consistent with that of a slut, an opinion she shared with all of London society. Likewise marries father was less than thrilled as a rule, William preferred his unmarried daughters to remain on pregnant and uninvolved with married poets, no matter how gifted they might be. People talked a scandal, grew Millie, aided Harriet, left her philandering husband, but refused to grant the gifted poet a divorce. Angry William cut off marries allowance and publicly condemned his daughters affair, while his other daughters, especially Fanny STAR,
Sleep defended their sisters right to have babies with anyone. She pleased. Thus, the family became divided and remain that way, even after marries baby died shortly after being born grief stricken. Mary once again turned to her mother. I am devastated mother, my baby is dead add my true. Love remains married to another, and now Father has cut me off. What am I to do? We don't know precisely what marries mother said, but after their meeting mare It was clearly inspired. She became pregnant with her second child once again, with a little help from the gifted poet. Who was still legally married to Harriet fan
He continued to defend Mary, which prompted William to cut off her allowances, well upset by the prospect of her looming insolvency, poor fanny, swallowed, a lethal dose of laudanum and quickly died. Meanwhile, here it equally displeased with her situation, threw herself into a lake and quickly died, though tragic Harriet suicide allowed Mary and gifted poet to finally wed which they did In time for Mary to bring forth a healthy baby boy, nine months later, a healthy baby girl, but then the little girl came down with dysentery and quickly died, at which point her little.
Boy contracted malaria and also quickly died, utterly distraught. Mary turned once again to the parents who never judged nor criticized. Oh mother, she cried everything I touch turns to ashes. Fanny is dead, Harriet is dead, my babies, all of them dead, am I an angel. Death is everyone. I touch doomed to die. We don't know precisely what marries mother said, but after that meeting may was clearly inspired. Inspired to right, Mary wrote about her pain. Her group her desire to bring new life into a dying world. Did it help? Did Mary write her way out of despair.
It's hard to say she eventually gave birth to a baby boy who did make it to adulthood, but she also adopt baby girl who died just eighteen months later, then she endured a horrific miscarriage that very nearly killed her and then the most devastating blow of all the tragic drowning of her husband, the gifted poet Authority said the fish consumed most his remains, but what they recovered, including his heart, was cremated, and the ashes given to Mary who kept them in an envelope for the rest of her life a rather morbid decision, her mother, neither criticized nor judged during her many subsequent visits- looks back it's not hard to understand why Mary wrote to ease her pain. After all, she was
only five years old, when her father brought her to the churchyard. For that first visit, oh mother, she said I'm so sorry, it's all my fault. Please forgive me, We don't know precisely what marries mother said because Marries mother was dead, but that didn't stop her from inspiring her daughter to write. They're in the cemetery of old, Saint Pancreas, William Godwin Press, the parchment against the cold granite of his wife's tombstone, as his youngest daughter, slowly trace, depends all over the raised letters of her mother's name, em a are why just like hers. After that Mary often returned to the cemetery to visit with the woman who died
bringing her into the world. Usually she came alone and sat by the grave for hours confiding in the woman who inspired so much. Sometimes she packed the lunch and picnics on the plot that held her. Mothers remain and one time when she was sixteen Mary lost her virginity right there on her mother's grave, with a little help from Harriet husband, the gifted poet whose ashes would later become her constant, companion and so marries. Mother was always there for her youngest daughter, inspiring her to write the tale that only she could tell a tale whose popularity would eclipse that of every poem her face,
husband ever published its not even close. Percy Bis gave us as Amandas owed to the West and Prometheus Unbound, but his wife, the self described angel of death. She gave us the novel, will never forget the story of a creature. Brought back from the dead by a doctor who yearn to bring life into a dying world. A doctor that Mary Shelley first imagined while sitting in a graveyard chatting with her dead mother a doctor. She called Frankenstein anyway, that's the way I heard it
the story you just heard is true least the way I heard it. Thank you chuck Klausmeier for producing this podcast Matthew Zipkin. Thank you for hitting the buttons over here at one union recording studios. Thank you, gentle listener for listening and if you haven't subscribed- and you would prefer not to miss a new episode. Consider yourself officially invited to do that very thing. Talk to you next week
Transcript generated on 2019-12-30.