By the Perth (Australia) Sunday Times:
THE conventional account of how Mary Shelley, a teenager, came to invent Dr Frankenstein and his monster is of a “waking dream” brought on by a drinking session with some of Britain’s most notorious Romantic poets.
But a new book, The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein, claims Shelley, an icon of modern feminism, was a fraud who did not dream up the gothic monster in response to a challenge by Lord Byron on the shores of Lake Geneva.
The author, John Lauritsen, claims the true credit for the world’s first science fiction novel should go to Percy Bysshe Shelley, her future husband, who was present that night.
Lauritsen’s book, due out in May, builds on debates that have surrounded Frankenstein since it was published anonymously in London in 1818.
Even Mary seemed slightly amazed by the genesis of the monster when she was older.
Nearly a decade after her husband died in a boating accident, she wondered: “How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea.”
I have my strong suspicions that Lauritsen is a fraud. I am at work on my book to be titled: The Man Who Did Not Write The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein.
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