Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Somers Town, in London, in 1797. She was the second daughter of famed feminist, educator, and writer Mary Wollstonecraft.
Her father was left with the responsibility of safeguarding Mary and her older half-sister, Fanny Imlay. He soon fell in love with her and married her, although his friends did not approve of the match. She also disliked the amount of attention that Mary, as the daughter of the two most famous radicals of the time, received from visitors to the Godwin household. She made Mary do many of the household chores, invaded her privacy, and restricted her access to her father. At the same time, Godwin allowed her to listen to the conversations he had with many of the leading intellectuals and poets of the day. They were the eyry of freedom, and the pleasant region where unheeded I could commune with the creatures of my fancy. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, on the bleak sides of the woodless mountains near, that my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered.
Mary died on 1 february 1851, at 53 years old in London