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William Shelley

William Shelley, 24 January 1816-2 June 1819, elder son of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley, born out of wedlock and named after William Godwin. Many critics have commented on the oddity of Mary Shelley's apparent modeling of Victor Frankenstein's youngest brother William, who is strangled by the Creature, on her own child. Both Mary and Shelley doted on the boy and were grief-stricken over his sudden illness and death in Rome, probably from a cholera or typhoid infection. A second son, Percy Florence Shelley, was born six months later and survived to inherit the baronetcy of Shelley's father.