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"I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion." A summer evening's ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine's room, and a runaway imagination--fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism, and the origins of life--conspired to produce for Marry Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley's novel of "The Modern Prometheus" chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

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The daughter of Mary Wollestonecraft, the ardent feminist and

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The classic story of science and the search for the origins of life follows Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature. Reissue.

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No-one in the grip of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, with its mythic-minded hero and its highly sympathetic monster who reads Goethe and longs to be at peace with himself, can fail to notice how much more excellent the original is than all the adaptations, imitations and outright plagiarisms which have followed in its ample wake. In her first novel, written at the instigation of Lord Byron and published in 1818, Mary Shelley produced English Romanticism's finest prose fiction.

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About the Author

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, the daughter of William Godwin--a radical philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft--a renowned feminist and the author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman. She eloped to France with Shelley in 1814, although they were not married until 1816, after the suicide of his first wife. She began work on Frankenstein in 1816 in Switzerland, while they were staying with Lord Byron, and it was published in 1818 to immediate acclaim. She died in London in 1851.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553898033
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Fiction
Author:
Mary Shelley
Author:
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Author:
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Author:
Mary's first child died soon after its birth
Author:
her half-sister committed suicide
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fiction-Horror - General
Subject:
Fiction-Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Horror - General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Monsters
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Gothic novels
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
Modern Library
Publication Date:
1991
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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Product details 256 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553898033 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The daughter of Mary Wollestonecraft, the ardent feminist and
"Synopsis" by , The classic story of science and the search for the origins of life follows Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)

No-one in the grip of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, with its mythic-minded hero and its highly sympathetic monster who reads Goethe and longs to be at peace with himself, can fail to notice how much more excellent the original is than all the adaptations, imitations and outright plagiarisms which have followed in its ample wake. In her first novel, written at the instigation of Lord Byron and published in 1818, Mary Shelley produced English Romanticism's finest prose fiction.

From the Hardcover edition.

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