Mary Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, née le 30 août 1797 à Somers Town, un faubourg de Londres (aujourd'hui dans le district de Camden), et morte le 1er février 1851 à Belgravia (Londres), est une femme de lettres anglaise, romancière, nouvelliste, dramaturge, essayiste, biographe et auteur de récits de voyage. Elle est surtout connue pour son roman Frankenstein ou le Prométhée moderne paru en 1818.
Frankenstein ou le Prométhée moderne (1818)[modifier]
- (en) It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.
- (en) It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.
- Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (Revised Edition, 1831), Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (trad. Germain d’Hangest), éd. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831, Chapitre 5, p. 43 (texte intégral sur Wikisource)
- (en) As I said these words, I perceived in the gloom a figure which stole from behind a clump of trees near me; I stood fixed, gazing intently: I could not be mistaken. A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; its gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom I had given life.