A Novel of Mary Shelley
Wings Press – paperback
Many readers know that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) often has been credited with inventing science fiction when she wrote Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, first published in 1818.
But why and how did she decide to write it, beyond her famous involvements with the poets Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, plus others during an unexpectedly cold and dreary summer holiday in Italy in 1816? What emotions and other triggering events might have been involved in her decision? Could something from her past, before Shelley and the others, have played a bigger role than suspected?
California novelist Sarah Stegall’s mid-2016 book weaves a compelling, engrossing tale built around possible answers to these questions. Despite what literary historians generally agree is “known” about the birth of Frankenstein, Outcasts throws new light (and shadows) onto other possibilities, from unexpected directions.
— Si Dunn