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ISBN13: 9780141439471
ISBN10: 0141439475
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Written by an anonymous19-year-old, rejected by two publishers, and finally given a printing of only 500 copies, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein would go on to become one of the most influential novels in the science-fiction and horror genres. But Shelley's work is much more than a Gothic tale of terror; it's a classic piece of literature that raised many disturbing questions about humankind that are just as relevant today as when they were written. On October 31, 1831, Shelley published a revised edition that has become the more widely read version, not because of its textural superiority, but for its availability. In fact, it has been argued that the original text, with its darker undertones, may be the most definitive work. Whichever version you read, Frankenstein is a masterpiece!
Recommended by Nate Ashley, Powells.com

After reading Frankenstein, I found it sad how Hollywood destroyed this character. The original novel is nothing near what we have seen on the big screen. It's dark and a macabre reflection of mankind with scenes that made my skin crawl.
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Publisher Comments:

Features a revised introduction and notes; updated further reading.

Edited by Maurice Hindle.

Synopsis:

Obsessed by creating life itself, Frankenstein plunders graveyards for material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life using electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.

About the Author

The childhood of Mary Shelley (1797-1851), sounds rather like a dark fairy-tale. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was brought up by a remote father and a step-mother who hated her. Her step-sister was a depressive and later committed suicide and Mary had little in common with her step-brother or her half-brother. As a young girl, she escaped into books and would often read by the side of her mother's tomb.

In 1813 Mary met Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was only twenty-one but was already unhappily married. He was destined to be one of the geniuses of English poetry. The two fell in love and eloped, despite Mary's age. Her father, William Godwin, disowned her, but still she and Shelley were married in 1816. They settled in Italy but tragedy seemed to follow them. Only one of their four children lived very long and then, in 1822, when he was just thirty, Shelley was drowned. Mary lived for another thirty years but she lost the promise that she had shown in the company of her brilliant husband and his friends, such as the poet Lord Byron. The single book that we remember her for belonged to her happy time in Italy.

It was Byron who suggested in 1817, that they each write a horror story. The result in Mary's case, was Frankenstein. As well as being creepier than most other books in the genre, Frankenstein has a far better story-line and is in the end, both moving and tragic. Amazingly, a young girl of twenty gave us the book whose name has become synonymous with horror.

Maurice Hindle edited Frankenstein and Dracula for Penguin Classics and teaches at the Open University.

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Mandyy0508, July 1, 2008 (view all comments by Mandyy0508)
The story of Frankenstein has remained one of the most iconic figures of horror for several reasons, but some of the strongest and most compelling have been diluted and even drowned out through the manipulation of popular culture. One of the most prevalent and heartbreaking themes of the original tale is the danger and destruction that comes with ultimate knowledge, in this case, the divine secret of human creation. It is not the grotesque nature of the monster himself that provides the greatest horror and emotional distress, but the way in wich the author exposes the torment from both the blasphemous being and his creator and allows the reader to empathize with their individual reasons for despair.This classic work remains ever-resonant because of the emotional conflict with which the reader is met, and its application to humanity as a whole. Frankenstein is a story that will not only thrill, but provide a study in ethics and morality which is undeniably enriching for any who read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439471
Author:
Shelley, Mary
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Hindle, Maurice
Author:
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Author:
Mary Shelley
Location:
London
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Geneva
Subject:
Gothic novels
Subject:
Frankenstein
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
CD-Audio
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
2001-10
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.80x5.06x.83 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Written by an anonymous19-year-old, rejected by two publishers, and finally given a printing of only 500 copies, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein would go on to become one of the most influential novels in the science-fiction and horror genres. But Shelley's work is much more than a Gothic tale of terror; it's a classic piece of literature that raised many disturbing questions about humankind that are just as relevant today as when they were written. On October 31, 1831, Shelley published a revised edition that has become the more widely read version, not because of its textural superiority, but for its availability. In fact, it has been argued that the original text, with its darker undertones, may be the most definitive work. Whichever version you read, Frankenstein is a masterpiece!

"Staff Pick" by ,

After reading Frankenstein, I found it sad how Hollywood destroyed this character. The original novel is nothing near what we have seen on the big screen. It's dark and a macabre reflection of mankind with scenes that made my skin crawl.

"Synopsis" by , Obsessed by creating life itself, Frankenstein plunders graveyards for material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life using electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.
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