IRELAND’S NATIONAL POET TO THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN
MOORE, Thomas. Autograph Letter signed from Thomas Moore to Mary Shelley dated at Sloperton, March 31st 1837. Four pages quarto, written on one side only with address panel (S. Audley Street, London). Small tears to the edges and at the centre-fold with wax seal.
Moore announces his impending visit to the Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and relates the near completion of the second volume of his History of Ireland “More of the epileptic kind, I fear than the portail” which is “very nearly ended – as far at least as I and the Printers devils are concerned.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851) English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Shelley supplied Moore with her memories of Byron and successfully interceded on his behalf with the Countess Teresa Guiccioli, Hobhouse, and other contemporaries – regarded Moore’s portrayal of Byron’s personality as fair and his style as eloquent. Howard Mumford Jones calls the work “one of the four or five great literary biographies in the English language” and “the one book by which Moore lives today.”