St Irvyne

St Irvyne

by Percy Bysshe Shelley


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ISBN-13: 9781725002548
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2018
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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St. Irvyne is an unfairly overlooked Gothic horror masterpiece. Percy Bysshe Shelley explored many of the themes he would later develop more fully. St. Irvyne is an important and classic book in Gothic Romanticism. Who or what is St. Irvyne? It is a castle in France where Eloise de St. Irvyne, Wolfstein's sister, lived. The Rosicrucian is Ginotti, also known as Frederic Nempere. A Rosicrucian, of The Rose Cross Order, was a member of a medieval sect or secret society that sought to find the secret to immortality. Ginotti is a Rosicrucian who wishes to impart the secret of immortality to Wolfstein, the main character. The theme of the novel is a quest to unveil "the latent mysteries of nature", to find the secret or meaning of life, and thereby, to achieve immortality, to live forever. The origin of the novel comes from a book by a German physician, Dr. Johann Heinrich Cohausen, Hermippus Redivivus: or, The Sage's Triumph over Old Age and the Grave (1742). Cohausen was the real-life Dr. Frankenstein. He inspired William Godwin's book St. Leon (1799), which in turn influenced St. Irvyne and Frankenstein. Godwin was the father of Mary Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley was her husband. Hermippus Redivivus, St. Leon, St. Irvyne, and Frankenstein thus share a common genesis or origin in Cohausen. Cohausen was a German physician, satirist, and scientist who claimed to have found the secret to immortality, the way to potentially live forever. He based his claims on experiments that purported to show that salts in the human breath had restorative qualities that were the key to long life and to immortality. He had found the secret to life. Could man unveil "the latent mysteries of nature"? Like Prometheus, he would free mankind from death by giving men "eternal existence", immortality.