More links

If you are able to share the event information (and thank you to everyone on Twitter, Facebook etc. who has already done so) here are some more links.

Thank you to the Royal Historical Society for promoting our project: website here.

We’re also now officially a part of the University of York’s Public Lecture Series: see here.

On my personal blog are some related updates on other Romanticism news, including a Shelley conference in 2017. You can see that post here. You can also find me on Twitter where I’ll post updates about the events and this website.

200 years ago, in May 1816, the Shelleys had arrived in Geneva. The series of events that would lead to the composition of Frankenstein had begun…. 

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Villa Diodati, Byron’s residence on the shores of Lake Geneva (Image: Keats-Shelley House)
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News Update – Romantic Bicentennials and Chawton House Library

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We are delighted to say that the ‘On This Day’ Frankenstein events are now affiliated with ‘Romantic Bicentennials’, a collaborative project by the Keats-Shelley Association of America (K-SAA) and the Byron Society of America (BSA). The inception of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein marks an exciting period of bicentenaries in the history of Romantic literature. You can read more about ‘Romantic Bicentennials’ here, and our events are featured in the calendar here.

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We are also pleased to announce that the Frankenstein event will be reprised on the 24th November at Chawton House Library in Hampshire.

In November 1816 Mary Shelley was writing Frankenstein, and therefore this event also commemorates the novel’s composition exactly 200 years ago. On the 24th November 1816 Mary records in her journal: ‘Write’.[1] During the period from September 1816 – April 1817 Percy Shelley was also acting as editor, making corrections or additions to the draft. As the Frankenstein scholar Charles E. Robinson observes, the manuscript evidence suggests ‘that he made his comments not on one reading near the end of the process but on separate readings of individual chapters as [Mary] continued to draft the novel’.[2] The event at Chawton House Library acts as a celebration of the bicentenary of this creative and collaborative period in 1816 that brought Frankenstein to completion.

Tickets available now

There’s just over 2 months to go until we start celebrating 200 years since the composition of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel. We hope that you are able to join us in either York, Rome or Hampshire to mark the occasion.

The York event tickets – FREE – are available to book online and are of a limited quantity, so don’t delay! You can get yours here. Tickets for Rome are sold through the Keats-Shelley House.

Bookings for Chawton House Library TBC.

Thankyou again to all our sponsors.

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[1] Mary Shelley, The Journals of Mary Shelley ed. by Paula R. Feldman and Diana Scott-Kilvert (London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) 24 November 1816 p. 147.

[2] Charles E. Robinson, ‘Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Text(s) in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein’ in The Neglected Shelley ed. by Alan M. Weinberg and Timothy Webb (London: Ashgate, 2015) p. 119.