Frankenstein: Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus
by Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Marie de Shelley Frankenstein leads the reader on a disturbing journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss Alps to the desolation of the waste products 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 cemeteries for a fashionable material, a new, shocking being, from its creation to life with electricity.But this failed creature, rejected by its creator and refused human companionship, aims to destroy Frankenstein and all that is dear to him.Mary Shelley scary gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen years old, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron’s villa on Lake Geneva.It was to become the most famous work of the world, the work of Gothic horror, and a monster, an instantly recognizable symbol of the limits of human creativity.Based on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all of Mary Shelley’s revisions to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Shelley’s preface to the first edition.This revised edition includes appendices, a selection of text classifications from 1818 and 1831, with a “Fragment” by Lord Byron and Dr. John Polidori “The Vampire: A Tale’.Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the only daughter of the author and political philosopher William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Women’s Rights Claim.In 1814, she escaped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she married when his first wife died in 1816.She is best known as the author of Frankenstein, but she has written several other books, including Valperga and Le Dernier Homme.If you liked Frankenstein, you can enjoy Bram Stoker, Dracula, also available in Penguin Classics.
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