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Fanny Imlay

Frances Imlay, later Godwin, 1794-1817, was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and Gilbert Imlay and half-sister to Mary Shelley. After Mary Wollstonecraft's death William Godwin adopted the three-year old whom he raised as if his own child until she was eleven. Always a troubled girl, Fanny had neither financial independence nor real prospects. In October 1817 she left Godwin's home ostensibly to visit her maternal aunts who ran a school in Dublin. On the night of October 9 she checked into a hotel in Swansea, Wales, where she took an overdose of laudanum and died.