The author of Frankenstein shocked the British literary world with The Last Man (1826), arguably the first modern post-apocalyptic novel. In it, the world has been devastated by a plague and a group of aristocrats —based in part on Shelley’s late husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron— must unite to survive in the new, ruined world.. The Last Man was harshly criticized when it was published, but Shelley has lately been recognized not only as a post-apocalyptic fiction pioneer but as the mother of science-fiction in general. Now, The Last Man stands as a perfect example that classic lit doesn’t have to be stuffy.
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