February 1 in freethought history…

maryshelleyFebruary 1, 1851 – Novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley dies in London, aged 51. She was the author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818), one of the most influential stories of all time, and widely considered the first true science fiction novel. Not much is known of Shelley’s personal views on religion, but it’s reasonable to assume she was a freethinker, given that her father was avowed atheist and political philosopher William Godwin, and she had an affair with (and eventually married) poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a man expelled from Oxford for publishing an atheist pamphlet.

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