Mary Shelley’s hand in the manuscripts of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron
by Dr Anna Mercer
6.30-8.00pm, at the Art Workers Guild, London
£5.00 for Members;
£6.00 for Students;
£7.00 for Non-Members.
In this talk, Dr Anna Mercer (Cardiff University) will discuss how manuscripts can provide evidence of Mary Shelley’s involvement in the productions of two of her literary companions: her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and her friend Lord Byron.
Mary Shelley is, of course, now respected and understood as an iconic and prolific author in her own right, rather than being reduced to simply the author of Frankensteinand an associate of those two famous men. This paper will argue that another way Mary Shelley has been overlooked is the lack of attention paid to her role as amanuensis and sometimes contributor to her literary associates’ works. In transcribing Don Juan and The Mask of Anarchy, for example, she influenced the final published versions. This research stems from the publication of Anna Mercer’s first book, The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Routledge, 2019) which seeks to demonstrate the reciprocal nature of the Shelleys’ literary collaborations, looking beyond Frankenstein to find other instances in which they worked together on creative writings.
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
Drinks at 6.30
There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.
£5.00 for Members
£6.00 for Students
£7.00 for Non-Members
Image: Portrait of Mary Shelley, by Reginald Easton courtesy of the Bodleian, Mrs R. Lane Poole (rev. K. Garlick), Catalogue of Portraits in the Bodleian Library (Oxford, 2004), p. 283. Shelley’s Guitar, no. 109.