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Posts Tagged ‘Mary Wollstonecraft’

Ralph Fiennes to Adapt The Invisible Woman

While many know actor Ralph Fiennes for playing Harry Potter‘s nemesis Lord Voldemort, he has also started directing. One of his post-Harry Potter film projects includes directing an adaptation of The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin.

The nonfiction book tells the story of an affair between Great Expectations author Charles Dickens (pictured, via) and actress Nelly Ternan. According to The GuardianAbi Morgan wrote the script. The release is set for late 2012, coinciding with Dickens’ 200th birthday.

Here’s more from the article: “Dickens was 45 when he met Ternan, then 18, in 1857. Their relationship remained secret from the public, even after Dickens’s separation from his wife the following year. Ternan travelled with the author for the rest of his life; after his death, she married a man 12 years her junior, having disguised her own age as 23, rather than 37.”

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Handwritten Frankenstein Draft on Display in England

The handwritten first draft of Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein can currently be viewed in the “Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family” exhibition in Oxford. The show will travel to the New York Public Library next.

According to The Daily Mail, the exhibition will stay at Britain’s Bodleian Library until March 27, 2011. It includes materials from Mary’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley: his spy glass, baby-rattle, and a draft of the poem Ozymandias. It also features items from Mary’s philosopher parents, William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Associate director Richard Ovenden offered this quote: “We are excited that the exhibition will travel to New York after closing in Oxford and enable even more people to learn about this extraordinary literary family.”