“I was nursed and fed with a love of glory,” Mary Shelley wrote of her childhood. She was positive about the beginning of her life, unlike the end of it. She was born on August 30th 1797, in the eighth year of the French Revolution. She had remarkable parents and her father treated her as an individual and very special. Mary’s mother was a famous feminist named Mary Wollstonecraft. Tragically, Mary Wollstonecraft passed away when Shelley was only 11 days old. Her father, William Godwin, was a philosopher and novelist as well. Almost every day she would go on a walk with her father to her mother’s grave in St. Pancras churchyard. There, she was taught to spell her name by tracing her mother’s inscription on stone.
From infancy, Mary was treated as a unique individual with remarkable parents, although, she was faced with conflicts between her parents. She protected her mother from her father’s drunken abuse and was offended by her oldest brother’s favored position. She was a passionate, demanding, generous girl with beautiful auburn hair. She seized every opportunity to enlarge her limited formal education. High expectations were placed on her potential and she was treated as if she were born beneath a lucky star. Godwin was convinced that babies are born with a potential waiting to be developed. From an early age famous philosophers, writers, and poets surrounded her:
Mary Wollstonecraft died of puerperal fever, or childbirth fever, 10 days after giving birth to Mary Shelley on... [continues]
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