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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the English novelist. Best known as the author of Frankenstein, she also wrote short-stories, poetry, biographies, journal articles, reviews, and edited the works of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. This guide lists and describes the manuscript materials held by the Pforzheimer Collection that were created by Mary Shelley, including original holograph writings and letters, amanuensis work in her hand, and her transcripts of work by others.


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