Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelly, or Mary Shelly for short was born in 1797. She was the “daughter of two persons of distinguished literary celebrity.” Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died less than two weeks after her birth and William Godwin encouraged her intellectual development but was emotionally distant. Even through these parental mishaps, her parents were a heavy influence on her.
At 16 years old, Mary Shelly eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelly and married him in 1816. She began writing arguably one of the most famous works of fiction in the same year.