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Frankenstein

Or, the Modern Prometheus

By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Maurice Hindle (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 352 pages
Other Information: chronology, further reading, notes
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 January 2003
Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva. It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

About the Author

Mary Shelley was born in 1797, the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married in 1816. She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man. She died in 1851.Maurice Hindle studied at the universities of Keele, Durham and Essex, gaining a Ph.D. in Literature from Essex in 1989. He currently teaches at the Open University.

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While stay-ing in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure. Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.

EAN: 9780141439471
ISBN: 0141439475
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Dimensions: 19.81 x 12.85 x 2.11 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A very tense tale of anguish, solitude and revenge. Mary Shelley originally wrote this on what was essentially just a lark, but the narrative seemed to take on a life of its own, becoming a more intense and philosophically serious tale. Frankenstein oversteps ethical boundaries in his experiments of 'natural philosophy' and regretfully produces a monster with fundamentally human emotional vulnerabilities. Disturbing and thought provoking!
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To be honest, I was a little disappointed with this book. I found it quite boring in parts. It was a very slow read for a book with little over 200 pages. I expected it to be a full on horror story, but it wasn't. Victor Frankenstein's making of the monster was hardly dealt with, suddenly it just appeared.

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