Contents Index

Mary Shelley's Reading

The Shelley household, wherever it was located, was intensely bookish: reading and writing consumed much of every day. So that the reading undertaken by both of them can be accessed usefully, it is presented here in three formats:

  1. Alphabetically by author's name
  2. Chronologically in order that the Shelleys read them
  3. By date of original publication
Where an X occurs in the box designated for Shelley's reading, it means that we are certain that he read the text, but are not sure that Mary did as well. In such a household, however, it is unwise to surmise that many books under perusal went undiscussed by the two.

These lists are derived from The Journals of Mary Shelley: 1814-1844, ed. Paula R. Feldman and Diana Scott-Kilvert (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987).