"Frankenstein, the product of Mary Shelley's labour pains and horror of birth"

 Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) first conceived of the idea for her most famous work - Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus - in 1816, after discussing with her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their friend Lord Byron, the subject of galvanism and the possibility of bringing a corpse back to life. The essence of her novel later came to her in a waking dream. The seed of the novel, however, was planted earlier than this, with the premature and still-birth of her first child.