for the first fourteen years of my life I ran wild on a common

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Letter 2

In her 1831 Preface Mary Shelley describes a somewhat similar childhood for some two intermittent years, beginning when she was fifteen. She spent that time in Scotland at the home of friends, "on the blank and northern shores of the Tay, near Dundee." She was left on her own to read and indulge "airy flights of my imagination," and "commune with the creatures of my fancy."

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