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Make the most of your visit while attending this event and take a tour of Dove Cottage and gardens.

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Part of: Saturday Talks


In Search of Mary Shelley: the Girl who wrote Frankenstein

Jerwood Centre

05 May 2018
4.00 - 5.00pm

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Mary Shelley lived at the cutting edge of the Romantic zeitgeist. From revolutionary politics to emotional experiment, from public science to educational theory, her generation explored what makes the human self. Examining the records left behind for traces of Mary’s own self is a project in keeping with Romantic ideas about ‘the instruments of life’.

Fiona Sampson, a prize-winning poet and author, will talk about how writing the psychological biography In Search of Mary Shelley helps her understand the teenager who produced Frankenstein and its astonishingly contemporary archetypes. 

A drinks reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition of the same name will be held in the Wordsworth Museum after this talk – all attendees are welcome to come along.

Jerwood Centre, £5

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