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SYNOPSIS:

The second novel from Mary Shelley, written in 1819/20 but not published in full until 1959.  The story deals with common Romantic themes, but also incest and suicide.

Narrating from her deathbed, Mathilda tells the story of her unnamed father’s confession of incestuous love for her, followed by his suicide by drowning; her relationship with a gifted young poet called Woodville fails to reverse Matilda’s emotional withdrawal or prevent her lonely death.  

The act of writing this short novel distracted Mary Shelley from her grief after the deaths of her one-year-old daughter Clara at Venice in September 1818 and her three-year-old son William in June 1819 in Rome. These losses plunged Mary Shelley into a depression that distanced her emotionally and sexually from Percy Shelley and left her, as he put it, “on the hearth of pale despair”.

 

 

MARY SHELLEY

MATHILDA

READ BY SARAH DOUGLAS

 

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ISBN:   978-1-78196-245-9    CDs: Three

 

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ABOUT THE READER:

 

Renowned film and television actress Sarah Douglas is perhaps best known for playing the Kryptonian supervillain Ursa in Superman and Superman II. Her other prominent roles include that of the evil Queen Taramis in the film Conan the Destroyer, and Pamela Lynch in the 1980s prime-time drama series Falcon Crest.

 


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