“My youth was more romantic than any romantic invention.”
— Mary Shelley
By its intensity and the unforgettable characters who populated it, the life of Mary Shelley was a true novel, which we follow chapter by chapter through her letters. The creator of Frankenstein is caught here in the whirlwind of the glorious years of Romanticism: she is passionate, suffers, never stops claiming her freedom. Shelley depicts her formidable cenacle of friends—among them Lord Byron—who judged the beauty of the world inseparable from its truths.