In July 2016 I organised two events to celebrate 200 years since the composition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Here is my report on those events, originally written for the BARS blog. The event will be reprised at Chawton House Library in November. I’m so honoured to have had the support and funding to present these events on a subject that means so much to me.
A report on the bicentenary events to celebrate 200 years since the composition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, July 2016
In May 1816, the Shelleys moved to the beautiful setting of Lake Geneva. They were accompanied by Mary’s step-sister, Claire Clairmont, who in London had begun an affair with Lord Byron. Percy Shelley had originally thought of leaving England for Italy, but Claire’s involvement with Byron led them to Switzerland instead. On 13 May 1816 the Shelleys and Claire arrived in Geneva, followed on 25 May by Byron and his companion Dr. John Polidori. By June, both parties had taken residences close to each other on the shores of the lake; Byron stayed at the Villa Diodati. Incessant rain often prevented them from going out on the water …read more