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Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein Hardcover – 10 October 2013


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  • Publisher : HarperCollins US (10 October 2013)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0061853313
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061853319
  • Reading age : 13 - 17 years
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.67 x 20.96 cm

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"A . . . riveting portrait of the artist as a young woman."--Kirkus Reviews

"A gripping story"--Publishers Weekly

"An ideal companion piece for teens studying the original classic...Hemphill, author of the Printz Honor Book Your Own, Sylvia (2007), manages to plumb from it her own vein of riches."--Booklist

"This present-tense novel in verse provides an intimate glimpse into Mary's life...Readers will identify the parallels between the creation of a monster and the creation of her famous book. "--School Library Journal

Praise for WICKED GIRLS: "An excellent supplementary choice for curricular studies of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, this will also find readers outside the classroom, who will savor the accessible, unsettling, piercing lines that connect past and present with timeless conflict and truths."--ALA Booklist

From the Back Cover

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life--the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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