Percy Bysshe Shelley

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A Nightmare Wakes review – Mary Shelley battles her inner monsters
Pitched somewhere between horror and historical drama, this film probes the personal trauma that may have shaped Shelley’s invention of Frankenstein

Peter Bradshaw

02, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Forgotten plays: No 4 – Bloody Poetry (1984) by Howard Brenton
This magnificently honest play about the Shelleys and Byron’s summer of sexual experimentation raises difficult questions about the cost of utopian aspirations

Michael Billington

22, Jun, 2020 @8:03 AM

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Does it matter if Mary Shelley was bisexual?
Her letters show that the author turned to women after her husband’s death. It’s an important insight into intimate history – and an inspiring example

Fern Riddell

07, Nov, 2019 @2:46 PM

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In a squall on Lake Geneva in 1819, Shelley has no fear of drowning
In a vivid letter to his publisher, Lord Byron describes the courage of the English romantic poet

Tim Radford

24, Jun, 2019 @8:30 PM

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Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson review – an inventive reanimation
This reimagining of a classic shifts our view of humanity in a darkly entertaining style

Johanna Thomas-Corr

20, May, 2019 @6:00 AM

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In troubling times, it’s best to turn to your inner poet | Ruth Padel
A resonant, reflective poem can help us make sense of the tumult, says poetry professor Ruth Padel

Ruth Padel

13, Dec, 2018 @6:00 AM

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From EM Forster to Mamma Mia! Why we can't resist the Mediterranean
Sunshine, sensuality, and a dash of danger... the ‘warm south’ has fascinated writers and artists for hundreds of years. But why are the Brits so obsessed?

Robert Holland

11, Aug, 2018 @10:00 AM

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Mary Shelley review – Elle Fanning plays the innocent while making a monster
Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour captures the pathos and pity of the Frankenstein story while eliciting an insouciant and poised performance from her star

Peter Bradshaw

06, Jul, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Who put the spark in Frankenstein’s monster?
On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror, a new edition discusses its roots in experiments with electricity on the dead

Jamie Doward

04, Mar, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Copies of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein text to be published
Shelley spent nine months by Lake Geneva writing the story of the bringing to life of a monster

Alison Flood

19, Feb, 2018 @6:00 AM

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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein review – a life after deaths
This vibrant, incident-packed biography of the novelist is haunted by all the people she lost

Rachel Cooke

07, Jan, 2018 @7:30 AM

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Fatal attraction – writers' and artists' obsession with the sea
From Shakespeare to Woolf, Turner to Gormley, Philip Hoare explores the eternal allure of the ocean

Philip Hoare

24, Jun, 2017 @8:00 AM

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