Heavy smoke and volcanic ash disrupted the stratosphere, blocking sunlight.
The loss of sun caused cold temperatures, darkness, and a food shortage around the world. During this gloomy season, the Shelleys traveled for a vacation in Lake Geneva. There, they stayed with their friends—Lord Byron, Dr. These five make up the characters of our play. During their trip to Geneva, the group resided in the Villa Diodati, and stayed up late discussing scary German ghost stories. But as Mary set off to continue working on the novel, she received the news that her half-sister, Fanny, had committed suicide.
Notwithstanding her grief, Mary worked on the book for two more years. Frankenstein was published on New Year's Day in Though it should have been a happy time, death continued to follow Mary.
In September, her youngest daughter died at one year old, and the following year, her son William died as well. All told, Mary had five children with only one surviving—Percy Florence, named after her beloved and the city he was born. Despite his love for Percy Florence, Percy Shelley experienced chronic nervousness and panic attacks due to all the death in his life. During a dark spell in , he traveled out on a sailboat and drowned to death in a storm. After his death, Mary tried to continue to write, but cycles of depression and sorrow kept her from it.
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From —, Mary was able to write prolifically again. She worked as both a writer and editor. She published several original works in those years, and edited the writings of Percy Shelley and her father. In the s, Percy Florence married a woman who Mary adored, so she was surrounded by loved ones as she aged. In , Mary died of a brain tumor.
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After she died, her family cleared the contents of her writing desk. An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley spins her tale of love, horror, power, and unholy experimentation. Mary Shelley; Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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