William Godwin

Was ‘Frankenstein’ Really About Childbirth?
March 07, 2012

“I have no doubt of seeing the animal today,” Mary Wollstonecraft wrote hastily to her husband, William Godwin, on August 30, 1797, as she waited for the midwife who would help her deliver the couple’s first child. The “animal” was Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who would grow up to be Mary Shelley, wife of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and author of Frankenstein, one of the most enduring and influential novels of the nineteenth century.

The Passion Fashion
September 11, 2009

A Vindication of Love: Reclaiming Romance for the Twenty-First CenturyBy Cristina Nehring (Harper, 328 pp., $24.99) Women today are too risk-averse in love, charges Cristina Nehring. We “settle,” and seek comfort rather than passion. In flight from pain, we end up too often with mediocre and cramped relationships.