Mary Shelley

Happy birthday, Mary Shelley! The author of one of the greatest horror stories of all time was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797. Mary was the daughter of a political philosopher, William Godwin, and famous feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died shortly after giving birth to her daughter. William Godwin provided Mary with a fairly thorough, though informal, education and encouraged her to follow … Continue reading Mary Shelley

Poet Laureate

Happy birthday, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson. The former Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom was born on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the fourth of 12 children born to a rector who had an artistic bent himself, being fairly talented at architecture, painting, music, and poetry. He also attended carefully to his children’s education and had Alfred and two of his elder brothers writing … Continue reading Poet Laureate