Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, language: English, abstract: With Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus (1818) Mary Shelley succeeds to create a milestone in Horror fiction, which enjoys popularity to this day. Mary, the daughter of the famous writer William Godwin and the feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft and the wife of one of the major English Romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley, lived from 1797 to 1851. She accomplishes her masterpiece before the age of 20. Its prominent elements are supernatural incidents, scientific danger, persecution, distorted human beings, the sublime and terror. It is the fruit of a horror romance writing competition with her friends and a threatening nightmare.