Reginald Easton circa 1820
Shelley grew up surrounded by unusual people. These family
and friends were those who made Shelley's upbringing unique.
Her uncommon childhood and young adult years molded her into
the creative and impulsive person she was when Frankenstein
was scripted in 1817.
parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, her husband,
Percy Bysshe Shelley, her friends, Claire Clairmont, Lord
Byron, and John Pollidori, and her close acquaintances, Harriet
Shelley and Fanny Imlay, all influenced Mary Shelley a great
deal during this time period.
a young girl in the early 19th century would not grow up around
novelists, poets, and philosophers, have a mother who was
a passionate feminist, or a father who was friends with Samuel
T. Coleridge. However, Mary Shelley experienced this upbringing.