Frankenstein, A Longman Cultural Edition / Edition 2

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From the Longman Cultural Editions series, this second edition of Frankenstein p resents Mary Shelley's remarkable novel in several provocative and illuminating contexts: cultural, critical, and literary.

Series Editor Susan J. Wolfson presents the 1818 version of Mary Shelley's famous novel in its cultural and historical contexts. Like all great works of fiction, Frankenstein gains depth and dimension from its "conversation" with contemporary texts, especially those by Shelley's own parents, husband, and friends. A lively introduction is complemented by a chronology coordinating Shelley's life with key historical events and a speculative calendar of the novel's events in the late eighteenth century. In addition to the 1818 text, this cultural edition features the introduction to and a sample revision of the 1831 version. New to this Edition is Frankentalk, a section of selected references to Frankenstein in the popular press, and the complete text of Richard Brinsley Peake’s Frankenstein, A Romantic Drama, the first stage version of Frankenstein.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321399533
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/14/2006
  • Series: Longman Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 232,529
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Wolfson is professor of English at Princeton University. In addition to this present volume, her editorial work includes Felicia Hemans (Princeton UP, 2000) and the Longman Cultural Edition of John Keats. With Claudia Johnson, she is coeditor of the Longman Cultural Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. With Peter Manning, she is coeditor of the Romantics volume in The Longman Anthology of British Literature, and Selected Poems of Lord Byron (Penguin, 2005). Her critical books include the prize-winning Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 1997) and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 2007).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About This Edition


Table of Dates

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

from Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1831)

M. W. S.’s Introduction

Some Additions to Robert Walton’s first letters

Some Additions and Revisions to Victor Frankenstein’s Narrative

Victor’s childhood and the adoption of Elizabeth–Victor’s enchantment with occult science and his encounter with modern science–Victor’s departure for University of ­Ingolstadt–Clerval’s straits–Victor meets Professors Krempe and Waldman–Victor’s health suffers–Elizabeth’s report on Ernest Frankenstein–Clerval’s lament for William–Victor’s anguish over Justine and William–­Victor’s continuing agony–[Creature’s story of framing Justine]–Victor’s plans for a second creature–Clerval’s imperial ambitions–Victor’s apprehensions for his family, his longing for oblivion–Victor’s secret


Monsters, Visionaries, and Mary Shelley

Aesthetic Adventures

Edmund Burke on “the Sublime and the Beautiful”

Mary Wollstonecraft on Burke’s genderings

William Gilpin on “the Picturesque”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798)

Mary Wollstonecraft, from Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman: Jemima’s story

Mary Godwin (Shelley), from her journal of 1815: the death of her first baby

Percy Bysshe Shelley, from Alasto; or, The Spirit of Solitude

Mary Shelley, with Percy Bysshe Shelley, from History of a Six Weeks’ Tour: Alpine scenery

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc

George Gordon, Lord Byron

from Manfred, A Dramatic Poem

from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto the Third: Alpine thunderstorm

Leigh Hunt, from Blue-Stocking Revels, or The Feast of the Violets

Dr. Benjamin Spock, from Baby and Child Care

The Story-Telling Compact

George Gordon, Lord Byron, A Fragment

John William Polidori, The Vampyre

God, Adam, and Satan

Genesis: chapters 2 and 3 (King James Bible)

John Milton, from Paradise Lost

William Godwin, from Political Justice

George Gordon, Lord Byron, Prometheus

William Hazlitt, remarks on Satan, from Lectures on the
English Poet

Percy Bysshe Shelley

from Prometheus Unbound

from A Defence of Poetry

Richard Brinsley Peake, Frankenstein, A Romantic Drama in Three Acts

Reviews and Reactions

[John Wilson Croker], Quarterly Review, January 1818

[Walter Scott], Blackwood’s Edinburgh Review, March 1818

(Scot’s) Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, March 1818

Belle Assemblée, March 1818

British Critic, April 1818

Gentleman’s Magazine, April 1818

Monthly Review, April 1818

Literary Panorama, June 1818

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, March 1823

London Morning Post, reviews of Peake’s Frankenstein, July 1823

George Canning, remarks in Parliament, March 1824

Knight’s Quarterly Magazine, August 1824

London Literary Gazette, 1831

[Percy Bysshe Shelley, posthumous], Anthenæum, November 1832

Frankentalk: “Frankenstein” in the Popular Press of Today

Further Reading and Viewing

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