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Frankenstein (Enriched Classics)by Mary Wollst Shelley
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!
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A timeless, terrifying tale of one man's obsession to create life—and the monster that became his legacy.
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A timeless, terrifying tale of one man’s obsession to create life—and the monster that became his legacy. “If ever a book needed to be placed in context, it’s Frankenstein” (The New York Times Book Review).
Frankenstein: A Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classic features: *More than 1,000 vocabulary words frequently tested on the SAT *Glossary of SAT words on the pages facing the text of the story
About the Author
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was born to well-known parents: author and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and philosopher William Godwin. When Mary was sixteen, she met the young poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a devotee of her father's teachings; Percy and Mary married in December 1816.
The last years of married life were filled with disaster for Mary. Her half sister died, as did two of her children. Mary and Percy eventually moved to Italy, where Percy drowned during a sailing trip in 1822. She continued writing and spent the last years of her life in the loving company of her son and good friends. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley died in 1851 at the age of fifty-three.
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