Fanny Imlay, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Fanny Imlay

Daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft

Date of Birth: 14-May-1794

Place of Birth: Le Havre, Normandy, France

Date of Death: 09-Oct-1816

Profession: writer

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Fanny Imlay

  • Frances "Fanny" Imlay (14 May 1794 – 9 October 1816), also known as Fanny Godwin and Frances Wollstonecraft, was the illegitimate daughter of the British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the American commercial speculator and diplomat Gilbert Imlay.
  • Wollstonecraft wrote about her frequently in her later works.
  • Fanny grew up in the household of anarchist political philosopher William Godwin, the widower of her mother, with his second wife and their combined family of five children.
  • Fanny's half-sister Mary grew up to write Frankenstein and married Percy Bysshe Shelley, a leading Romantic poet, who composed a poem on Fanny's death. Although Gilbert Imlay and Mary Wollstonecraft lived together happily for brief periods before and after the birth of Fanny, he left Wollstonecraft in France in the midst of the Revolution.
  • In an attempt to revive their relationship, Wollstonecraft travelled to Scandinavia on business for him, taking the one-year-old Fanny with her, but the affair never rekindled.
  • After falling in love with and marrying Godwin, Wollstonecraft died soon after giving birth in 1797, leaving the three-year-old Fanny in the hands of Godwin, along with their newborn daughter Mary. Four years later, Godwin remarried and his new wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, brought two children of her own into the marriage, most significantly—from Fanny Imlay and Mary Godwin's perspective—Claire Clairmont.
  • Wollstonecraft's daughters resented the new Mrs Godwin and the attention she paid to her own daughter.
  • The Godwin household became an increasingly uncomfortable place to live as tensions rose and debts mounted.
  • The teenage Mary and Claire escaped by running off to the Continent with Shelley in 1814.
  • Fanny, left behind, bore the brunt of her stepfather's anger.
  • She became increasingly isolated from her family and committed suicide in 1816.

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