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Mary Shelley

Frankenstein 1818 Text

Preloved, softcover

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Marilyn Butler

'Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world!

Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's immensely powerful contribution to the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron devised one wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific consequences.

Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolution-ism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and mankind's status as a species of animal. The text used here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking exposé of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing humanity its choice- to live co-operatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the 1831 version with which we are more familiar.

Frankenstein 1818 Text ~ Mary Shelley

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