At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, August 30

AUGUST 30, 2014


Location:   Downtown Asheville NC

Time:         3:30pm - 5:30pm 

Near the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link
or near the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link 

Time:         7:00pm - 11:00pm

Near the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link 
or near Wicked Weed & Mamacita's on Biltmore Ave map link


(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 Passersby are invited to chose from either short quotes or selections from this English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, biographer and essayist, whose unique novel Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, written when the author was 18 to 20 years old, is, in the words of J. Paul Hunter: "not only canoncial, but paradigm-breaking and exemplary ... nearly a mastertext for the turn of the twenty-first century."

Their selection will then be read out loud to the passerby.


Manuscript from the novel "Frankenstein"More information about Mary Shelley can be found at Wikipedia and at The Poetry Foundation, as well as at a Mary Shelley's Frankenstein "fan" site from New Zealand. You can see a bibliography of all the books she wrote at this Wikipedia site. Read Germaine Greer's op-ed in The Guardian about a brief controversy about the authorship of the novel. You can read the complete text of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus online. And in particular read Mary's own preface to this 1831 Third Edition to learn the real deal on the story behind how it came to be written and the ins and outs of the bohemian life of Mary, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron in Switzerland in 1816... And read a online facsimile of her marvellous travelogue of their bohemian wanderings, History of a six weeks' tour through a part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland: with letters descriptive of a sail round the Lake of Geneva, and of the glaciers of Chamouni (1817) 

At-A-Site Theater celebrated the birthday of Shelley's poet husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, on August 4, 2014.



" 'Hateful day when I received life!' I exclaimed in agony. 'Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemlance. Satan had his companions, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.' "



“With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”


from Frankenstein (1817)

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