Where would the world of fiction be without Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley? We probably don’t want to find out because books would probably be rather boring. Now, you can celebrate this literary pioneer with the Mary Shelley T-Shirt.
Mary Shelley not only brought us Frankenstein and his monster but also opened the door for the now-stereotypical mad scientist, which was actually a brand new idea when she put pen to paper… or quill to parchment or whatever it was back then. One thing I know for certain is that she didn’t just power up her laptop when she had the urge to be creative.
The 100% cotton indigo t-shirt features the talented author working at her craft in front of pine trees and the legendary monster that she created with nothing but the power of imagination. No dead bodies were harmed when she stitched together her beast. Why are pine trees on the shirt? Well, probably because in her intro to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, she wrote, “I wrote then—but in a most common-place style. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, or on the bleak sides of the woodless mountains near, that my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered.”
It’s a shame that quote isn’t actually on the shirt but I guess we can’t have everything. Still, the Mary Shelley T-Shirt is a nice shirt, and at its current sale price of $9.99 (reg. $16.99) over on ThinkGeek, it’s a great addition to the wardrobe of any writer or Frankenstein fan.