SHORT AND SWEET #16: She Birthed a Monster

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” … –

Frankenstein’s creation

August 30, 1797, marks the birth of literature royalty—Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Shelley’s veins had to pulsate with prose. The only child of two writers, she married a writer, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1814.

The Shelleys had a son, but they conceived several entertaining stories while vacationing in Switzerland on Lake Geneva. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published in 1818, was her most popular novel. Credited as early science fiction, it might offer a lesson (or two) to those still trying to give life to the dead–most recently through A.I. Word of Caution: There is only One who can do so successfully. GOD. (Genesis 2:7)

On this terrific Tuesday, I ask you, dear reader, who was the real monster in Frankenstein?

Image: Mary Shelley, Public Domain

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