Special guest: Adrienne Provenzano, Independent Educator and Performer
This one-woman event is a unique opportunity to meet Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Learn about Shelley’s life, love, and losses and how she transformed her experiences into her art. In this dynamic portrayal by Provenzano considers the creative process in depth, comparing different versions of and putting Shelley’s life as a 19th-century literary woman into historical context. Shelley also converses with the audience members on how creative expression plays a role in their lives.
Did You Know?
While Frankenstein deals with horrific themes, Mary Shelley’s own life had morbid elements as well. Just four years after the publication of Frankenstein, her husband Percy Shelley died at the age of 30 in a boating accident. Lost at sea for 11 days, his body was identified from a volume of Keats’ poetry found in his pocket. The Shelleys’ friend, Edward Trelawny, gave an account of the cremation where he claimed that Percy’s calcified heart would not burn. After a bit of fighting over who would get the heart, Mary Shelley took possession and kept it in her desk drawer, wrapped in a copy of Percy’s last poem.
Danville Public Library has received a grant from the Indiana Humanities’ Society to participate in their One State/One Story: Frankenstein.