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Today in Literature – Aug 4

August 4, 2009

Today is a big day for literature history!

The much-celebrated English romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley was born, in 1792. Later in life, Shelley married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, (incidentally covered in our blog a few posts ago!), also known as the famed author, Mary Shelley. At the height of his career, Percy Shelley churned out a number of major poems, plays and even Gothic novels. He had such a massive impact upon the literary world that years later, even Ghandi proved this influence when he chose to read from Shelley’s political poem “The Masque of Anarchy” at demonstrations.  Head over to infloox for a more in-depth look.

Fast forward to 1944: Also on August 4th, on a much more sobering note, 15-year-old Anne Frank was captured by the Gestapo and sent to a concentration camp. However, her precious diaries became her legacy, giving the entire world an intimately personal peek into life as a Jew during the war.  Upon its publication by her father in 1947, The Diary of Anne Frank became an instant bestseller.

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Today in Lit – July 28

July 28, 2009

Going back to 1814 today, the poet Percy Shelley eloped with a girl just 17 years old, named Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Why do we remember this? Well, it just so happened that they Shelleys were good friends with a certain Lord Byron. As it happens, one day they challenged each other to each write a fantastic ghost story. Mary was actually the only one in the group to complete her story, creating a fearsome character we have made infamous decades later: Frankenstein!

Now, if you’re wondering how a gentle woman like Shelley could come up with such a monster, we merely need to look at her

influences. The most obvious was a scientist, Johann Konrad Dippel. Before his death, Dippel had made plans to purchase an old castle in Germany named Castle Frankenstein. The work that

Dippel carried out included reviving still hearts, which to Mary might have seemed like bringing back the dead! Read more about it here.