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Frankenstein

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, England. 1818 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born into a famous literary family, moved amongst a circle of poetic greats and married one of the foremost writers of the era and, in an age when women were generally marginalized, she cast them all into the shadows with her famous novel Frankenstein. Shelley’s Gothic horror novel was one of the first best sellers by a woman author, is still widely read today and has been the basis for numerous film and stage adaptations. Blending Romantic era philosophical questions about natural perfection and beauty with horror and social criticism, the...

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Utopia

Thomas More, England 1515 Due to the recent success of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up The Bodies, there has been a recent re-evaluation of Thomas More. Recent interpretations of More were coloured by Robert Bolt’s play and film A Man For All Seasons, where More is portrayed as the definitive man of conscience. More in refusing to endorse Henry VIII’s divorce of his wife, remains true to himself and unwavering in his beliefs and in doing so condemns himself to death. Mantel, on the other hand, portrays More as an intransigent ideologue, sanctimonious and ruthless, willing...

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Middlemarch

George Eliot, England.1871 Although many female authors had enjoyed considerable success in Georgian and Victorian England, and many would be later recognized for their masterpieces and are recognized on many great books lists, there was an opinion at the time that female authors could write romances and little else. Mary Ann Evans wanted to be taken seriously as a writer and so published under the pseudonym George Eliot. There is also some evidence that she wanted to maintain her privacy, especially as she was involved with a prominent married man for many years. Set in rural England, her novels were...