Books: Mrs. Shelley Plain

MARY SHELLEY (275 pp.)—Eileen Bigland —Appleton -Century -Crofts ($4.95).

At 16 she ran away with the most attractive young poet of the day, heir to a baronetcy and already married and a father. At 19 she wrote one of the great horror stories of all time, Frankenstein. For eight years the young couple—married after the suicide of the poet's first wife—skittered across France, Switzerland and Italy, keeping company with the brightest minds and most advanced spirits of English letters. When the poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, died in a storm at sea at 29, his...

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