Frankenstein Collected: The Collected Frankenstein Stories (Illustrated)

Frankenstein Collected: The Collected Frankenstein Stories (Illustrated)

by Mary Shelley

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Overview

Frankenstein Collected brings together in one volume the unedited 1818 edition of Frankenstein, as originally written by Mary Shelley, and the later re-edited 1831 edition. Together, these books influenced generations, helped start the science fiction genre, and are among of the most thoughtful horror stories of all-time.

Also included in Frankenstein Collected is the play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein based on the original novel, a review of Frankenstein by Mary's husband Percy Shelley, and Mary's own thoughts on Presumption.

Illustrations are included both from the original works and events from Mary's life.

Works included in Frankenstein Collected are:

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus (1818)
Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus (1831)
On Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus - a review by Mary's husband Percy Bysshe Shelley
Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein - a play based on Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake
On Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein - Mary's thoughts on the play taken from a letter to Leigh Hunt

Background on Frankenstein from Wikipedia:

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

Shelley travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is 17 kilometres (11 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she travelled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topic of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the novel's story.

Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. At the same time, it is an early example of science fiction. Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because, in contrast to previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results. It has had a considerable influence in literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories, films and plays.

Since the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often been used to refer to the monster itself. This usage is sometimes considered erroneous, but usage commentators regard it as well-established and acceptable. In the novel, the monster is identified by words such as "creature", "monster", "demon", "wretch", "abortion", "fiend" and "it". Speaking to Victor Frankenstein, the wretch refers to himself as "the Adam of your labours", and elsewhere as someone who "would have [been] your Adam", but is instead "your fallen angel" (which ties to Lucifer in Paradise Lost, which the monster reads, and which relates to the disobedience of Prometheus in the book's subtitle).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781986703574
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin; 30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

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