exertion.

Category: Mind | Type: Discussion | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 1

Depression.

Mary Shelley knew it both first- and second-hand. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, twice attempted suicide when her lover, Gilbert Imlay, abandoned her. Mary's half-sister, Fanny Imlay, committed suicide in October, 1816; Harriet Westbrook Shelley committed suicide a month later. Following the birth of her son William in January, 1816, Mary appears to have suffered a post-partum depression (William died in June, 1819). Following the birth of her daughter Clara Everina Shelley in September, 1817, Mary again suffered a post-partum depression (Clara died a year later). 

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