by Mary Shelley
Edited by Maurice Hindle
A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of the arctic circle.
This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle.Obsessed with the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material with which to fashion a new being, shocking his creation to life with electricity.
But this botched creature, rejected by its creator and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy Frankenstein 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 Lord Byron's villa on Lake Geneva.
It would become the world's most famous work of Gothic horror, and Frankenstein's monster an instantly-recognisable symbol of the limits of human creativity.Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Shelley's preface to the first edition.
This revised edition includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's 'The Vampyre: A Tale'.Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the only daughter of the author and political philosopher William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
In 1814 she eloped with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married when his first wife died in 1816.
She is best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, but she wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last Man.If you liked Frankenstein, you might enjoy Bram Stoker's Dracula, also available in Penguin Classics.
- Format: EPUB
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/01/2003
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141439471
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Review by tankexmortis
Horribly mistreated by critics and analysts who won't allow the work to stand on it's own and insist on dissecting it until it's beauty can no longer be seen. Beautifully written, certainly a classic, and among my favorite books. But I wish people would stop trying to chop it up.
Review by DCArchitect
The ispiration for many bad horror movies is actually far better than anything it inspired. As DNA research ushers us into an age of innovation on par with the time of the writing of 'Frankenstein,' Ms. Shelley's investigation into the human psyche and our ability manipulate life are as timely as ever.
Review by djaquay
Very interesting, to separate the original story from the green-faced, bolts-in-neck Halloween farce you think of when you say Frankenstein. By itself, though, I wasn't as impressed; very dark, and I found myself siding with the monster (which I suppose is what you're supposed to do, really).
Review by wang.1142
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a chilling tale that may sometimes elicit sympathy for the "monster" in the story. Many people have the misconception that Frankenstein is the monster but it is actually the last name of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the monster. Frankenstein's mistake to "play God" costs him his loved ones. At first, readers see Frankenstein's point of view and the shock and regret he feels from creating this monster. However, readers also later discover the monster's point of view: he is just a creature who is alone and looking for the love and company that most humans desire. The monster even becomes attached to a family he lives next to and learns how to speak from them. He realized that he needed a mate and when Frankenstein destroys the almost complete female version of the monster, he realizes that he will never find the love he deserves. This drives him to revenge and ultimately, a vicious cycle of cruel acts by both the him and Frankenstein. This novel examines not only the revenge and cruelty of the monster, but also the harshness of humanity.
Review by stveggy
Good - but a little over rated
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