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 troubling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss Alps to the desolation of the waste of the Arctic Circle.This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Maurice HindleObsessed by the idea of creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein looted 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 company, aims to destroy Frankenstein and everything dear to himMary Shelley was conceived, when she was only eighteen years old, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Lord Byron villa on Lake GenevaHe was to become the most famous in the world, the work of Gothic horror, and a monster, an instantly recognizable symbol of the limits of human creativityBased on the third edition of 1831, this volume contains all of Mary Shelley’s revisions to her history, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Shelley preface to the first edition.This revised edition includes appendices, a selection of classification texts 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 author and political philosopher William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft, author of the Women’s Rights ClaimIn 1814, she fled with 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 wrote several other works, including Valperga and The Last ManIf you liked Frankenstein, you can enjoy Bram Stoker, Dracula, also available in Penguin Classics
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