1. Her parents were THE FOUNDER OF ANARCHISM and AN 18TH CENTURY FEMINIST PIONEER



Okay, technically William Godwin is more like the forefather of modern anarchism philosophy, but still a very important figure amongst anarchists. But her mother, Mary Wollenscraft, was one of the first pioneers of the feminist movement, at a time when it was extremely dangerous to be advocating for women’s rights.



2. She learned to read and write her name by tracing the letters ON HER MOTHER’S GRAVE



Mary disliked her father’s new wife and her stepmother, so would often take solace at the grave of her mother. As they shared the same name (Mary Wollenscraft), Mary’s father thought it would be expedient to have her simply trace the letters on the grave to help her learn to read and write.



3. Mary Shelley also lost her virginity...ON TOP OF HER MOTHER'S GRAVE.



Mary and her beau, the then-married Percy Bysshe Shelley, used Mary Wollenscraft’s grave as their secret meeting place and romantic hideaway. After declaring their love for one another, they gave in to their “ardent passion.”

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