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"Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797, the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, two radical writers. Her mother died when she was only ten days old. In 1816 she married Percy Bysshe Shelley, then unknown, and they lived in Italy until Shelley's death in 1822. The idea for Frankenstein came to her when she was staying on Lake Geneva in 1816 but was not published for two years. She wrote several other novels and contributed to the Westminster Review. She died in February 1851."
Source: Penguin Web Site (http://www.futurenet.co.uk/Penguin/Authors/1290.html). Accessed on 6 December 1996.
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