Short read: Victor Frankenstein, what have you wrought? And Mary Shelley, what have you wrought? That unorthodox scientific experiment, the hideous sapient creature it brought forth… For over 200 years now it’s stalked us, haunted our dreams… And to think, this little known London neighbourhood was the petri dish that…
Long read: Mary Wollstonecraft, the great early feminist, lived in Somers Town. And died there – died shaking with a fever soon after her daughter was born. That daughter was the great early novelist, Mary Shelley. This walk explores the Somers Town they knew – a place of poverty and political exiles and refugees and revolutionaries. We’ll see where she lived, a home Wollstonecraft set up on radical principles with the anarchist William Godwin in the Polygon, itself a radical housing scheme. We’ll visit the secret graveside spot where that philanderer Percy Bysshe Shelley used to wait for his 16-year-old lover Mary. Two centuries after Frankenstein’s monster first appeared we’ll track down – and get the measure of – some of the influences which shaped that most enduring and compelling of characters from English literature.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT & MARY SHELLEY IN SOMERS TOWN – THE PRACTICALS
Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, May 21.
To go on the Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley in Somers Town walk meet Charlie in the ticket hall of Euston Underground Station.
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