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Lady and Her Monsters, The Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 5, 2013
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Montillo was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Italy, to a small town in the southern region of Calabria, and returned to the United States while she was in high school in 1988.
Montillo attended Medford High School, graduating in 1991, and went on to attend Fisher College in Boston, where she received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. She then transferred to Emerson College and received her BFA in writing and literature in 1996. She continued at Emerson to receive her MFA in creating writing in 1998.
Montillo taught for Lesley University and the Tufts Extension School, in classes such as Mystery Writing, Mystery Literature, Victorian Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing the Personal Essay. Since 2009, Montillo has taught in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. Her courses include Forbidden Knowledge and Love and Eroticism in Western Civilization. Both are a combination of literature, history, philosophy, and writing. She has also taught a class titled The History of Blues, and soon will teach Pen, Paper & Murder, which studies great works of fiction and nonfiction that were inspired by famous murders, as well as the glamorizing of crimes in society.
In 2010, her first book, Halloween and Commemoration of the Dead, was published by Chelsea House Publisher. This book details how societies globally perceive death and the afterlife, as well as the funerary rites involved in that process.
Her next book, The Lady and Her Monsters, was published by William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins, in 2013. A work of nonfiction, it details Mary Shelley's writing Frankenstein, and the writers, poets, doctors, scientists, alchemists, and gravediggers who influenced her.
In the spring of 2015, The Wilderness of Ruin will also be published by William Morrow (Harper Collins). It is also a work of creative, historical nonfiction, and tells the story of a child-murderer, Jesse Pomeroy, who roamed the streets of Boston in the early 1870s. This case influenced the approach of mental issues, prison reform, juvenile delinquency trials, and literature, including the last work of Herman Melville. Montillo stumbled upon this story in the archives of the Harvard University Library where she found a file belonging to one of the detectives who worked on this case. This fascinating story is rarely told, and reflects the truth-seeking nature of Montillo's writing career.
Top Customer Reviews
Roseanne Montillo starts FAR too many sentences with "many believed" or "some have said" or "critics argued" without properly referencing WHO believed, WHO said, or WHO argued. This may not have been such a big oversight if so many of her claims weren't so fantastic. For instance, at one point she seems to suggest that the myth of the golem, a Jewish monster animated into human form, may have actually happened. I'm sure she doesn't really believe that...does she? She makes similar claims when talking about various experiments done by the "mad scientists" of the 19th century, those who tried to create or resurrect life with human body parts and electricity. While I understand her point that these experiments had a strong influence on Mary Shelley's writing, she sometimes presents the "success" of these experiments in ways that stretch credulity. And her footnotes--if you can call them that--are merely notes for further reading, broad suggestions about which books she used for which chapters, without giving specifics about sources, page numbers, etc. I know sometimes publishers ask that footnotes be cut for brevity, but these were actually longer than if she had just properly annotated her research. Plus, according to her acknowledgements, a lot of her "research" involved conversations she had with people before writing the book.
None of that makes it a bad book, per se. It's just not a history book.Read more ›
Won on Good read but is one of my best reads so far!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having recently read the original Frankenstein, I was interested in learning more of the historical background of the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ruth Scovill
This reads like a college research paper, complete with unanswered questions, sweeping generalizations, large swathes of quoted material, and the lack of transition between ideas... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kat
Roseanne Montillo has written another interesting biography that provides insight into the short tragic life of Mary Shelley. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I read an excellent book written by this person. if I like one book by author I will order past books. however this book is not on an interesting\ topic to me. real gory. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Charlene H. Smith
This book will interest many readers, and it got my interest, for about 40 pages when I stopped. The topic is interesting, the facts are solid and the writing is good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by lyndonbrecht
This was an interesting read, weaving history and legend together in an artistic fashion. At times it was challenging with the struggles between the various love interests, but it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Douglas Regin
A fascinating look at the interplay of Eighteenth Century science of electricity, grave-robbing, medical education, and the lives of early Nineteenth Century hippies (Mary... Read morePublished 14 months ago by johnn
Brilliant writing. A completely original and fascinating take on Mary Shelly and Frankenstein. Roseanne Montillo is a superb writer. Highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by E. Martin Olson
Of all the books I have read (both willingly and assigned) I can think of few that were as well researched as this one.Published 17 months ago by Bigbadjohn