ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT/BOOKS

By MEGHAN PIERCE

PETERBOROUGH – Children’s book author and illustrator Lita Judge of Peterborough talks about her new book “Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein” at the Peterborough Town Library Tuesday and her desire to tell a young audience the story of Mary Shelley.

“I read ‘Frankenstein’ when I was in high school . and I was struck by the story, but I didn’t know anything about the girl behind the story. And it wasn’t until about 10 years ago I re-read ‘Frankenstein’ from an annotated version and in the notes it mentioned that Mary Shelley was 18 when she wrote the book, and that fact just kind of hit me like a ton of bricks,” Judge said, “that the person that was behind the novel that’s been in print for 200 years, and who made the most iconic monster of all time, was an 18-year-old girl. And I thought about the fact that in 1818 when this book was published very few women were authors. How did an 18-year-old girl manage to do something that changed the course of literature?”

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