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Bodleian Library launches Shelley exhibition

13th December 2010

The original handwritten manuscript of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has gone on show at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library.

Organised with the New York Public Library, the Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family exhibition displays a number of rare books, manuscripts and personal relics connected to Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Among the pieces on show are the Frankenstein first draft with annotations by Percy Bysshe Shelley, the spy glass the poet was carrying on the day of his death and the gold and coral baby rattle he used as a baby.

The exhibition, which runs until March 27th 2011, also includes Percy Bysshe Shelley's working notebooks and the last letter he wrote to his first wife Harriet before her suicide.

Richard Ovenden, associate director and keeper of special collections at the Bodleian, commented: 'This is a unique opportunity to bring together treasures from the great Shelley collections in the Bodleian Libraries and the New York Public Library.'

The show is complemented by the book Shelley's Ghost, which charts the history of the family and how it rose to such prominence in the literary world.
 

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