British author (1797-1851) whose first and best-known novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, takes a place among the most enduring classics of the horror genre. Ink signature, "Yours truly, M. Shelley, 24 South Audley, 28 July 1837,” on an off-white 4 x 1.25 slip. Attractively matted with a portrait to an overall size of 9.75 x 13. In fine condition, with some light soiling. Shelley lived at London's 24 South Audley Street only briefly, from March to October 1837. Earlier in the year she had published her final novel, Falkner, which was likely an attempt to resolve her complicated relationship with her father. A scarce and desirable literary autograph.
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