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quotation: Elegance is inferior to virtue. Mary Shelley

Elegance is inferior to virtue.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

This Day in History: Frankenstein Is Published (1818)

This Day in History

Frankenstein Is Published (1818)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley‘s Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature’s human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Luigi Galvani (1737)

Luigi Galvani (1737)

While experimenting with electricity, Galvani, an Italian physicist and physician, noticed that a frog’s leg contracted when it was touched with charged metal. This observation led him to conclude—incorrectly—that animal tissue generates electricity. His research focused attention on electricity in animals, stimulating the study of electrotherapy and electric currents. Today, many terms in electricity are derived from his name. What noted novel might have been inspired in part by Galvani’s work? More… Discuss

word: obdurate


Definition: (adjective) Hardened against feeling; hardhearted.
Synonyms: granitic, stony, flinty
Usage: The child’s misery would move even the most obdurate heart. Discuss.

Quotation: Mary Shelley

Live, and be happy, and make others so.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Quotation: on Friendship even in desolation

The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Quotation: Mary Shelley on Woman conditioning and consequences thereof

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Mary Shelley – on Thinking (for yourself, or like others?)

Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss