Happy Birthday, Mary Shelley!

Handwritten manuscript page of Frankenstein

Happy birthday to Mary Shelley, born 8/30/1797.

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos; the materials must, in the first place, be afforded: it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.
-- Mary Shelley, introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein

Pictured: a manuscript page of Frankenstein.