Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

Title:Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781626725003
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:312 pages

A young adult biography of Frankenstein's profound young author, Mary Shelley, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its publication, told through free verse and 300+ full-bleed illustrations.

Mary Shelley first began penning Frankenstein as part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. Mary, just nineteen years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. But rather than let it crush her, Mary fueled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later.

Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolor illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time.


    Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein Reviews

  • Emily May

    Read this in one sitting. It's a gorgeous graphic/verse biographical novel about the life of Mary Shelley. It was fascinating learning more about the author of Frankenstein, which is one of my favouri...

  • Tatiana

    I probably liked this work so much because I know nothing about Mary Shelley and maybe because I can never objectively tell if someone’s free verse poetry is good or not, but the art is gorgeous and...

  • Jessica

    Just. So good. You guys. So good.I knew about Mary Shelley and Percy, and Frankenstein and blah blah blah. But I didn't KNOW. I didn't understand what it was really like for her. And the pictures were...

  • Donalyn

    Brilliant work of art! ...

  • Kelly

    A YA nonfiction biography in verse with illustrations. This was absolutely fabulous -- a deep dive into the life of young Mary Shelley, prior to the publication of Frankenstein until the few years aft...

  • Vanessa

    I have been handing out so many five star reviews this year, maybe I'm going soft. But, this book pretty much was designed to ring my bell: a graphic novel, about one of my Victorian obsessions, Mary ...

  • Krista

    HEART POUNDING AGAINST RIBSCold sweat drips down my spineand I am seized by a wakeful dream.I see a pale student of unhallowed artskneeling beside the thinghe has put together.A hideous phantasm of a...

  • Robert August

    Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge is a book that defies category. This is too bad, because it will get categorized anyway, which means many people will miss it. I can’t express how sad this is, because...

  • Ricki

    Whew. I felt so many emotions as I read this book. I kept thinking, "My goodness, my students are going to love this book." I was fortunate to receive two copies of this book in the mail, and those tw...

  • Rebecca Rouillard

    A graphic memoir in verse about Mary Shelley’s early life and her most famous creation - Frankenstein’s monster. Beautiful, poignant and inspiring. ...