D.L. Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf’s edition of Frankenstein has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding edition of the novelfor the general reader and the student as much as for the scholar. The editors use as their copy-text the original 1818 version, and detail in an appendix all of Shelley’s later revisions. They also include a range of contemporary documents that shed light on the historical context from which this unique masterpiece emerged.
New to this edition is a discussion of Percy Shelley’s role in contributing to the first draft of the novel. Recent scholarship has provoked considerable interest in the degree to which Percy Shelley contributed to Mary Shelley’s original text, and this edition’s updated introduction discusses this scholarship. A new appendix also includes Lord Byron’s “A Fragment” and John William Polidori’s The Vampyre, works that are engaging in their own right and that also add further insights into the literary context of Frankenstein.
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About the Author
The late D.L. Macdonald was Professor of English at the University of Calgary. Kathleen Scherf is Professor of Communications at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia. They co-edited the Broadview Editions of Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Vindications, Matthew Gregory Lewis’s The Monk, and John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Ernestus Berchtold.
Table of Contents
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
Appendix A: The Education of Mary Shelley: Godwin and Wollstonecraft
Appendix B: The Education of Victor Frankenstein: Darwin and Davy
Appendix C: The Education of the Monster: Volney, Goethe, Plutarch, Milton, and Wollstonecraft
Appendix D: Reviews of Frankenstein
- Walter Scott, Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1818)
- The Edinburgh Magazine, and Literary Miscellany (1818)
- John Wilson Croker, Quarterly Review (1817-18)
- P.B. Shelley, Athenaeum (10 November 1832)
Appendix E: Richard Brinsley Peake, Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein (1823)
Appendix F: Lord Byron, “A Fragment” (1819)
Appendix G: John William Polidori, The Vampyre: A Tale (1819)
Appendix H: Substantive Variants
Appendix I: Introduction to Shelley’s 1831 Edition
Works Cited/Recommended Reading