Dead Author Society: Mary Shelley

We recently launched a new program on Placing Literature called the Dead Author Society. Each week we’ll posthumously highlight an influential author who has used place in interesting ways in their writing. Last week we highlighted Arthur Conan Doyle.

This week we’re celebrating Mary Shelley. In addition to the places in Frankenstein (Geneva, Orkney Islands), Shelley’s other novels also take place in real locations around Europe. Valperga, an historical fiction novel, took place during a war between two very real Italian city-states, and her post-apocalyptic novel The Last Man occurs throughout the Mediterranean. 

Help us map Mary Shelley’s novels.

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