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Monday, 2 April 2007

Mary Shelley 'did not write Frankenstein'

An American academic has stirred up controversy by claiming that Mary Shelley, who is buried in Bournemouth, was not the true author of the Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein.

After seven years of research, Harvard-educated John Lauritson has concluded that the book was actually written by Mary's husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who drowned off the coast of Italy in 1822.

His theory has emerged as Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood announced he was seeking National Lottery funding for a bronze statue of Frankenstein's monster in Boscombe, to commemorate Mary Shelley and her family's local links.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 2nd Apr 2007

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