NEWS RELEASE, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

by | Jan 18, 2011 | 0 comments

1 February 2011 marks 160th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death.

Original Frankenstein manuscript on display in Shelley’s Ghost exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford until 27 March 2011
Entire handwritten manuscript with turn the pages facility available online

Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, arguably still the most popular work of science fiction ever written, died 1 February 1851. One hundred and sixty years later, her monster continues to capture the public’s imagination.

Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family is currently showing at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This major international exhibition reunites the Shelley archives from the Bodleian Libraries and The New York Public Library and displays previously unseen memorabilia (until 27 March 2011). The original draft of Frankenstein in Mary’s own hand, complete with additions and corrections by her husband the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), is on display. For those who can’t get to the exhibition, the entire manuscript of Frankenstein can be viewed and the pages turned at an online exhibition made possible by a generous donation from Dr Leonard Polonsky to increase digital outreach of the Library’s Collections.

SHELLEY’S GHOST: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family
Until 27 March 2011
Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, Old Schools Quad, Catte Street, Oxford
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 4.30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Admission free

Shelley Lectures to accompany the exhibition – to be held Convocation House, Bodleian Library, Old Schools Quadrangle, Oxford, 13.00-13.30. Free, open to all.

For further information on the Bodleian Libraries contact:

Sarah Henderson, Head of Library Communications, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 87398
Mobile: 07920 522808


Emma Fabian, Press Officer, Bodleian Libraries Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277627

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