Letters and Politics

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World

Today we are in conversation about the life of English novelist Mary Shelley, who wrote the book Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.  A book that is considered in part a Gothic novel and in part, a philosophical novel.  We discuss Mary Shelley’s work and her relationship to her mother, the highly influential eighteenth century feminist, Mary Wollstonecraft who died ten days after Mary Shelley’s birth.

Guest: Lyndall Gordon is a senior research fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and an award-winning biographer. She is the author of many books including her latest, Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World.


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