Anna Mercer is a Lecturer in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of literary relationships, the works and experiences of women writers and the possibilities unlocked by manuscript studies, and has published a number of articles on these topics. She organised the Shelley Conference in 2017, works closely with Keats House and the Keats-Shelley Association of America, has served on the BARS Executive as Blog Editor and was recently elected to the new role of BARS Communications Officer. Her first book, The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, which we discuss below, was recently published by Routledge.
1) How did you come to realise that you wanted to write a book on the collaborative relationship between the Shelleys?
My first engagement with the Shelleys was when I had the opportunity to study Frankenstein and A Defence of Poetry as an undergraduate – which is surely a very common way to initially encounter these two writers. A section of research that features in my book probably appeared in some form in a second-year undergraduate essay on Romanticism (well, according …read more