Mother of Frankenstein’s Author

It is now believed that the building behind the lady in our archive image was home to author Mary Wollstonecraft until she was 15 years of age. Wollstonecraft was a writer and pioneer feminist whose best known work, A Vindication Of The Rights Of Woman, was published in 1792.

However, she is perhaps most famous for being the mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.  Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797, Shelley sadly never knew her mother as Mary Wollstonecraft died just 11 days after giving birth.