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Book Title: Proserpine and Midas|
Date of issue: July 16th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781442944275
The author of the book: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 352 KB
Read full description of the books Proserpine and Midas:This is a short collection of 2 dramas written by Mary Shelley along classical lines. The first (which I enjoyed the most) relates the history of Proserpine and how after disregarding the advice of her mother, and separating from her attendants, she is kidnapped by the King of Hell. It is only a very short play (with the inclusion of some of PB Shelley's poetry) but it is very charming and enjoyable to read. I particularly liked the emphasis on the relationship between Ceres (mother) and Proserpine. Their relationship could definitely be described as adoring and given that Shelley had lost her own daughter just a very short while before the writing of this drama, I think that this portrayal of the relationship could be read as autobiographically significant to the author. The second drama is "Midas" and is entertaining enough, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Proserpine. Free on Kindle, there's not much not to like about this short collection.
Read information about the authorMary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer in her own lifetime, though reviewers often missed the political edge to her novels. After her death, however, she was chiefly remembered only as the wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley and as the author of Frankenstein. It was not until 1989, when Emily Sunstein published her prizewinning biography Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality, that a full-length scholarly biography analyzing all of Shelley's letters, journals, and works within their historical context was published.
The well-meaning attempts of Mary Shelley's son and daughter-in-law to "Victorianise" her memory through the censoring of letters and biographical material contributed to a perception of Mary Shelley as a more conventional, less reformist figure than her works suggest. Her own timid omissions from Percy Shelley's works and her quiet avoidance of public controversy in the later years of her life added to this impression.
The eclipse of Mary Shelley's reputation as a novelist and biographer meant that, until the last thirty years, most of her works remained out of print, obstructing a larger view of her achievement. She was seen as a one-novel author, if that. In recent decades, however, the republication of almost all her writings has stimulated a new recognition of its value. Her voracious reading habits and intensive study, revealed in her journals and letters and reflected in her works, is now better appreciated. Shelley's recognition of herself as an author has also been recognized; after Percy's death, she wrote about her authorial ambitions: "I think that I can maintain myself, and there is something inspiriting in the idea". Scholars now consider Mary Shelley to be a major Romantic figure, significant for her literary achievement and her political voice as a woman and a liberal.
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