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Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley in Somers Town :: Charlie Forman

  • Burgh House New End Square London, NW3 1LS UK (map)

Mary Wollstonecraft, the great early feminist, lived and died in Somers Town. Her daughter Mary Shelley, the great early novelist, was born here. This talk explores the Somers Town they knew – a place of political exiles and refugees. Find out about the site of the home Wollstonecraft set up on radical principles with the proto-anarchist William Godwin, and discover the secret spot where that philanderer Percy Bysshe Shelley used to wait for his 16 year old lover Mary. And 200 years after Frankenstein’s monster first appeared, absorb some of the influences which shaped that most enduring and compelling of characters from English literature. 

Charlie Forman is a long-time Camden resident and London tour guide.

Admission: Free to members. Non-members welcome (£2 at the door)