Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothicism and the prototype of the twentieth-century science-fiction novel.

It was conceived in the Swiss Alps in mid-June 1816 after a conversation about bringing corpses to life provoked a nightmare, and was written over the next eleven months in largely morbid circumstances. Death and the terrors of childbirth--as much as Romanticism, a burgeoning awareness of unconscious drives, and contemporary ideas of atheism, the collapse of the social contract, and the corrupting influence of society on human nature--inform this story of a man (or monster) built by Dr. Victor Frankenstein and brought to life by electricity.

The monster's culpability for various horrific acts, his powerlessness in the face of his complete ostracism from society, and Dr. Frankenstein's lies, abdication of responsibility, and the pain he inflicts on his creation raised chilling questions that made the novel an immediate bestseller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781105261626
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 11/18/2011
Sold by: LULU PRESS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,174,331
File size: 545 KB

About the Author

Mary Shelley (née Wollstonecraft 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.

Mary Godwin's mother died when she was eleven days old; afterwards, she and her older half-sister, Fanny Imlay, were reared by her father. When Mary was four, Godwin married his neighbour, Mary Jane Clairmont. Godwin provided his daughter with a rich, if informal, education, encouraging her to adhere to his liberal political theories. In 1814, Mary Godwin began a romantic relationship with one of her father's political followers, the married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Together with Mary's stepsister, Claire Clairmont, they left for France and travelled through Europe; upon their return to England, Mary was pregnant with Percy's child. Over the next two years, she and Percy faced ostracism, constant debt, and the death of their prematurely born daughter. They married in late 1816 after the suicide of Percy Shelley's first wife, Harriet.

In 1816, the couple famously spent a summer with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein. The Shelleys left Britain in 1818 for Italy, where their second and third children died before Mary Shelley gave birth to her last and only surviving child, Percy Florence. In 1822, her husband drowned when his sailing boat sank during a storm near Viareggio. A year later, Mary Shelley returned to England and from then on devoted herself to the upbringing of her son and a career as a professional author. The last decade of her life was dogged by illness, probably caused by the brain tumour that was to kill her at the age of 53.

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Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This copy cuts off the text at the beginning of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sections are unreadable, garbled text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought is book for a university class, but was disappointed that it did not have the introduction that we spent a solid day discussing. otherwise, the book is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to get this for my nook and this turned out to be the best copy on here I could find and at a great price.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking to read Frankenstein for free on your Nook, this is the one to get. While there are a few random characters in the text, this version is by far the easiest to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tragic and beautiful
Christine Perez More than 1 year ago
frankenstein is one of the best classics ever! this free version was pretty except that it hadmany typos, but you can still get thr full meaning of the story, this version comes with another story called the ghost seeker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This edition is very close to the 1818 original. Mary Shelley gave Victor Frankenstein a break in the 1831 rewrite. In this version Victor, and by implication you and me, is clearly responsible for his actions. The failure of the 1831 edition was to allow Victor off the hook. History has been gentle on Victor Frankenstein. Read this book and decide who is the monster.
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Last room on the first hall in the East Wing of the Estate.
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I don't recommend this version
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