Why Literature Matters: The Case of Mary Shelley on 31 October.
John Cabot University in collaboration with Rome's Keats-Shelley House, presents its co-sponsored #FrankenReads event: the inaugural lecture in the university's Literature Matters Series given by esteemed poet and writer Professor Fiona Sampson, the author of In Search of Mary Shelley: the girl who wrote 'Frankenstein'.
The lecture takes place at the Aula Magna Regina of the university's Guarini Campus in Trastevere at 18.00 on Wednesday 31 October.
In the words of Sampson: "Mary Shelley's is a life that was shaped, possibly limited, yet arguably also redeemed by literature. Admittedly, she is a special case. Nevertheless, the true story of the precocious talent who produced two of our culture's most enduring archetypes - the overreaching scientist Frankenstein, and the not quite human he creates - has much to teach us about the writing life and what it can achieve."
There is free entry to the event and no advance booking necessary. For details see John Cabot website.
For insights into the Roman sojourn of Mary Shelley, and other 19th-century foreign writers and artists, see current edition of Wanted in Rome magazine.