Reference to the Wandering Jew and his eternal wandering is a popular one in literature throughout time. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is an excellent, though not unique, example of the use of the Wandering Jew theme during the Romantic period.
If this story intends the reader to commend Winzy's self-knowledge and compassionate his imprisonment in immortality, it may also arouse the woman reader's sympathy for Bertha's imprisonment in the cultural prescription that feminine beauty be immortal. (40)
The name 'Winzy' might suggest that the protagonist of this story is a comic character; but the Scottish word 'winze' means curse and is here used to emphasize the tragic curse of eternal life suffered by the Mortal Immortal. (390)
This hypertext edition of Mary Shelley's 1833 short story 'The Mortal Immortal' is encoded in HTML.
The text of the short story was produced from a copy of The Keepsake for MDCCCXXXIV from the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The short story is one of the most popular of Mary Shelley's, and it has been reprinted numerous times. For more information, see the Print history of 'The Mortal Immortal'.
This page indicates the various publications in which 'The Mortal Immortal' was published between 1833 and 1990. Professor Charles Robinson's comments come from his valuable note on 'The Mortal Immortal' in his Mary Shelley: Collected Tales and Stories.