By Martin Garrett
This identify covers intimately the 3 major phases of Mary Shelley's impressive existence: her adolescence as daughter of 2 of the simplest identified radical writers in their age - Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin; the travels, losses, tensions and artistic fulfillment of her time with Percy Bysshe Shelley from 1814; and her lengthy widowhood from 1822 and her later works. This chronology follows these kind of studies and actions, the genesis and booklet heritage of her writings, her travels, friendships and intimate relationships with numerous different significant figures of the Romantic interval.
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Between 23 October and 8 November he lives mostly apart from MWG in order to avoid arrest. She will draw on their life this autumn for the similar experiences of Edward and Ethel Villiers in Lodore (1835). 3). 16 A Mary Shelley Chronology 30 MWG and PBS spend a night at the Cross Keys inn, St John Street. November 3 (Thurs) 9 13–15 13 30 She receives a letter from David Booth announcing that he has forbidden his wife – her friend Isabel Baxter – to write to her. MWG, PBS, and CC move to 2 Nelson Square.
March 3 (Fri) – 6 PBS is in Livorno. Unknown to MWS, he is organizing payments connected with Elena Adelaide (Journals, p. 1). 4 MWS reads Tom Paine’s Common Sense, on 5 his Letter Addressed to the Abbé Raynal, and then (5–11) his Age of Reason. Between 8 and 10 she reads Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, and between 12 and 17 Paine’s Rights of Man. c. 6 She begins work on her novel about Castruccio Castracani. 9 The baby Percy has measles, but mildly, over the next fortnight or so. 10 News arrives of the foiled Cato Street Conspiracy against the British Cabinet.
10 News arrives of the foiled Cato Street Conspiracy against the British Cabinet. 14 The Shelleys and CC move to the more spacious top ﬂoor of Casa Frassi. 21 MWS and PBS take up the translation from Spinoza (see January). MWS works on it until 23 April. 26 MWS expresses, in a letter to Maria Gisborne, her support for the revolution in Spain which began in January; she would like to be in Madrid, she tells her in her next letter on 31. 31 Mrs Mason visits with her daughters Laurette and Nerina.
A Mary Shelley Chronology by Martin Garrett