Shelley's life and career are presented through hundreds of A-Z entires about her works, characters, friends and relatives, and more.
This reference by two professors of English is an exhaustively comprehensive A-to-Z listing of all subjects that refer to Mary Shelley's life and work. Maintaining that novels like The Last Man, Perkin Warbeck, and Valperga are just as important as the legendary Frankenstein, the editors include many entries that focus on the once-neglected works. They also include geographical areas that Shelley traveled to or is associated with as well as information about family and friends. The entries vary in length, from very brief to rather long, and include a number of cross references. While there is a biographical entry for Shelley, it would have been more helpful to include as well a chronology of key events in her life either as an appendix or as an opening. Clearly, this reference will be of most use to scholars, especially since Shelley studies now concentrate on the author's less-famous works. Readers needing criticism on particular novels will not find much in this volume and should instead consult critical reference sets, such as those by Gale, or other scholarly compendiums. For graduate-level collections only.-Morris Hounion, New York City Coll. of Technology Lib., Brooklyn Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.