being brought up by a stepmother

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being brought up by a stepmother

Novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth century reveal many instances of the antipathy of a second wife to the children of an earlier marriage: it is the impulse behind the Cinderella story. More to the point is the fact that Mary Shelley was brought up by a stepmother, Mary Jane Clairmont Godwin, for whom she felt little affection.