Mathilda ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Mary Shelley


Melville House
Publication date: November 2012
ISBN: 9781612192451
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

List price:
Our price:

You save: $2.01 (20%)
Join our Facebook sweepstake, share and
get 10 likes. Winners
get notified in 24H!
But my father, my beloved and most wretched father... Would he never overcome the fierce passion that now held pitiless dominion over him?

With its shocking theme of father-daughter incest, Mary Shelley’s publisher—her father, known for his own subversive books—not only refused to publish Mathilda, he refused to return her only copy of the manuscript, and the work was never published in her lifetime.

His suppression of this passionate novella is perhaps understandable—unlike her first book, Frankenstein, written a year earlier, Mathilda uses fantasy to study a far more personal reality. It tells the story of a young woman whose mother died in her childbirth—just as Shelly’s own mother died after hers—and whose relationship with her bereaved father becomes sexually charged as he conflates her with his lost wife, while she becomes involved with a handsome poet. Yet despite characters clearly based on herself, her father, and her husband, the narrator’s emotional and relentlessly self-examining voice lifts the story beyond autobiographical resonance into something more transcendent: a driven tale of a brave woman’s search for love, atonement, and redemption.

It took more than a century before the manuscript Mary Shelley gave her father was rediscovered. It is published here as a stand-alone volume for the first time.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
Please sign in to review this product.
Mathilda ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
1741 Kb
Copy From Text:
Other books by Mary Shelley
The Passion of Frankenstein: A Sequel to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Marvin Kaye
The Passion of Frankenstein: A Sequel to Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Marvin Kaye & Mary Shelley
Wildside Press, October 2014
ISBN: 9781479408481
Format: PDF
List Price: $4.99 Our price: $3.99
Frankenstein: Student edition ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein: Student edition
Mary Shelley & Richard Wasowski
Grand Central Publishing, September 2014
ISBN: 9781455588572
Format: ePub
Our price: $9.99
Frankenstein or 'The Modern Prometheus' (The Penny Dreadful Collection) ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein or 'The Modern Prometheus' (The Penny Dreadful Collection)
Mary Shelley
Titan Books, September 2014
ISBN: 9781783293636
Format: ePub
List Price: $2.99 Our price: $2.90
Frankenstein ePub (Adobe DRM) download by David Mann
David Mann & Mary Shelley
Pulp the Classics, August 2014
ISBN: 9781843443858
Format: ePub
List Price: $1.49 Our price: $1.44
Recently Viewed Products