Mary Shelley's infant son (b. 24
January 1816) was named William after her
father. Her arranging to have his namesake in the novel murdered has
prompted some wonder. Certainly, there was no lack of maternal affection:
William Shelley's death in Rome on 7 June 1819 was a devastating blow to
Mary Shelley, issuing in something approaching a nervous breakdown.
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