Shelley's Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet

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In December 1790, two years before the Vindication of the Rights of Woman made her famous, Mary Wollstonecraft wrote this fan letter to the celebrated historian, educator, and political radical Catherine Macaulay. NYPL, Pforzheimer Collection. Digital ID:

February 24 through June 24, 2012

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Map and directions)

For the first time, selections from Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein manuscript will be available for public viewing in the United States. This exciting exhibition, shown in collaboration with the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, will highlight the literary and cultural legacy of P.B. and Mary Shelley and her parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft. Using manuscripts, books, and relics, the exhibition will tell the truly remarkable — and sometimes salacious — tale of this extraordinary circle of people, complete with wild romances, tragic deaths, exile, revolution, and landmark literary accomplishments.

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Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the Aronson and Pforzheimer Families.

Support for The New York Public Library's Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.