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"How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?" Mary Shelley's bemusement over her teenage creation of Frankenstein has been echoed for almost two centuries, but there is no denying the abiding power of this 1818 novel. Roseanne Motillo's The Lady and Her Monsters takes us into the gestation of this gothic masterpiece and the complex personalities behind it. Mary's husband Percy Shelley, her father William Godwin, her late mother Mary Wollstonecraft, her stepmother Mary Clairemont Godwin, poet Lord Byron, and others figure prominently in this fascinating debut book. And don't forget: Andrew Shaffer's Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors (HarperCollins, 9780062077288, TP, $14.99; NOOK Book, 9780062077295, $9.99) and David Shields' How Literature Se (Knopf, 9780307961525, $25.95; NOOK Book, 9780307961532, $12.99).