Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus / Edition 1

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus / Edition 1

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by Mary Shelley
     
 

"James Rieger's Frankenstein is relatively special among editions: it is the definitive scholarly text, and it is also the most readable copy for the classroom and the general reader. . . .The Rieger Frankenstein is very simply the best edition of this tremendously important and popular novel."—William Veeder, University of ChicagoSee more details below

Overview

"James Rieger's Frankenstein is relatively special among editions: it is the definitive scholarly text, and it is also the most readable copy for the classroom and the general reader. . . .The Rieger Frankenstein is very simply the best edition of this tremendously important and popular novel."—William Veeder, University of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226752273
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1982
Edition description:
1818 Text Edition
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
904,181
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, was born in London, August 30, 1797, and married to the poet Shelley in 1816, on the death of his first wife Harriet. Two years previous to this she had eloped with Shelley to Switzerland, and they lived together in Italy till his death in 1823, when Mrs. Shelley returned to England, and continued her literary work. "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus," the first of Mary Shelley's books, was published in 1818, and owed its origin to the summer spent by the Shelleys on the shores of Geneva when Byron was their neighbour. It was "a wet, ungenial summer," according to the account Mary Shelley has left. "Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the German into French, fell into our hands." Then one evening Byron said, "we will each write a ghost story," and the proposition was agreed to, and Mary Shelley's contribution was developed till at length "Frankenstein" was written. The story is at once a remarkable and impressive performance. The influence of Mrs. Shelley's father is apparent throughout, but probably the authoress was most influenced by the old German tales of the supernatural. The theme of a mortal creating, by the aid of natural science, a being in the shape of man, was at the time a bold and daring innovation in English literature. Mrs. Shelley died February 21, 1851.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Mary Shelley's Life and the Composition of Frankenstein
Frankenstein as Novel and Myth
Selected Bibliography
Note on the Text

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume One
Dedication
Preface (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Text
Volume 2
Volume 3

Appendices
A. Mary Shelley's Introduction to the Third Edition (1831)
B. Collation of the Texts of 1818 and 1831
C. The Ghost-Story Contest
Lord Byron, "A Fragment"
John William Polidori, The Vampyre: a Tale
Illustrations from the Thomas Copy (1823)
Half-title Page
Title Page
Volume I, page 23
Volume I, page 77
Map
Lac Léman and the Region of Mont Blanc

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