From The Washington Post:
Betty T. Bennett, a literature professor at American University who was a leading authority on the life of “Frankenstein” author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her circle of friends, died of lung cancer Aug. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 71.
Dr. Bennett’s decades-long scholarly fascination with Shelley — author at 19 of the Gothic classic and widow at 24 of English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — made her somewhat of a literary sleuth. Her search for letters and intimate details of Shelley’s life took her across 158,000 miles and three continents.
“I’ve been to all the places where Mary Shelley went. I’ve been in the houses where she lived. I’ve seen the mountains and the lakes she admired,” she told The Washington Post in 1991.
Her scholarly discoveries were revealed in several well-received articles and books, including the three-volume “The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,” which she edited and published from 1980 to 1988. The books contain nearly 1,300 letters, some 500 of which were previously unpublished and 12 of which Dr. Bennett uncovered in the manuscript archives of a library in Sydney. Those dozen letters gave Dr. Bennett further evidence of Shelley’s knowledge of British politics, the meaning of her novel “Frankenstein” and her feminist views. Shelley died in 1851 at 54.
Entire obit well worth the click.