Author claims Mary Shelley didn’t write Frankenstein

<  Author claims Mary Shelley didn’t write Frankenstein

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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One Response to “Author claims Mary Shelley didn’t write Frankenstein”


It’s bullshit. Mary Shelley wrote a number of novels, including another ground-breaking science fiction type novel called “The Last Man” which she wrote after Percey Shelley died. Lauritson is definitely a fraud. What puzzles me is why anyone is taking him the least bit seriously.

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