It was on this day in 1818 that the novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus was published. It was first published anonymously, but quickly became a sensation, and when 21-year-old Mary Shelley (books by this author) stepped forward as the author, many were doubtful that such a young woman could have crafted the deeply complex and intriguing story of creation, ethics, and philosophy.
The story of scientist Victor Frankenstein and the creature he forged from the spare parts of corpses. Frankenstein is now considered a modern classic, the very first science fiction novel, and became a popular symbol of feminist literature in the 1960s. Mary Shelley went on to write novels like Valpergo (1823), The Last Man (1826), and Perkin Warbeck (1830). She died at the age of 51 from a brain tumor.