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Frankenstein (Paperback)

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One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'



'That rare story to pass from literature into myth' The New York Times



Mary Shelley's chilling Gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley on Lake Geneva. The story of Victor Frankenstein who, obsessed with creating life itself, plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, but whose botched creature sets out to destroy his maker, would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity. Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all Mary Shelley's revisions to her story, and also includes 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's 'The Vampyre: A Tale'.



Edited with an Introduction and notes by MAURICE HINDLE

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 30/01/2003 ISBN-13: 9780141439471  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the daughter of pioneering thinkers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, eloped with the poet Percy Shelley at the age of sixteen. Three years later, during a wet summer on Lake Geneva, Shelley famously wrote her masterpiece, Frankenstein. The years of her marriage were blighted by the deaths of three of her four children, and further tragedy followed in 1822, when Percy Shelley drowned in Italy. Following his death, Mary Shelley returned to England and continued to travel and write until her own death at the age of fifty-three.

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Classic story much copied and filmed but rarely getting even close to this original work which treads a thin line between sensationalist horror and a deep analysis of human nature, and what that is exactly. A must read.

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