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Maurice, or The Fisher’s Cot

A Tale

With a Preface by Cristina Dazzi and an Introduction by Claire Tomalin
In November 1997, a slight book sewn together with string was discovered in a palazzo in Italy. This was Maurice, the only children’s story ever penned by Mary Shelley. Written two years after Frankenstein, Maurice is often read as a gloss of Shelley’s personal family tragedies, bearing the same melancholy that distinguishes all of her works. As Claire Tomalin shows in her compelling introduction, it contributes greatly to the literary and biographical scholarship on this fascinating woman who was a significant writer in her own right as well as the wife of one of the world’s greatest romantic poets.

192 pages | 31 illustrations | 5 x 8 | © 1998, 2000


Table of Contents

Preface by Cristina Dazzi
Introduction by Claire Tomalin
Note on the Text
Maurice, or the Fisher’s Cot
Maurice: Showing the Author’s Original
Lineation, Pagination, Spelling, Corrections and Emendations
Appendix: "Twelve Cogent Reasons for Supposing P. B. Sh-ll-y to be the D-v-l Inc-rn-t’ by Lady Mountcashell
Bibliographical Note
The Family Tree of Mary Shelley
The Family Tree of Lady Mountcashell

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