The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Motillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.
Montillo recounts how—at the intersection of the Romantic Age and the Industrial Revolution—Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein was inspired by actual scientists of the period: curious and daring iconoclasts who were obsessed with the inner workings of the human body and how it might be reanimated after death.
With true-life tales of grave robbers, ghoulish experiments, and the ultimate in macabre research—human reanimation—The Lady and Her Monsters is a brilliant exploration of the creation of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s horror classic.
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About the Author
Roseanne Montillo holds an MFA from Emerson College in Massachusetts, where she teaches as a professor of literature. She is the author of The Lady and Her Monsters.
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When I was approached for a possible review of The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo I jumped at the chance. I haven't read Frankenstein yet, but I do know the basic storyline and I was interested in reading about Mary Shelley. I found that this one left me with some mixed feelings, more good ones than bad though. On the one hand, I enjoyed the creepy atmosphere the author infuses into the book and the history of it. Dissection and galvanism, or using electricity to stimulate corpses and dead animals, are topics that are mainly focused on. On the other hand, I felt like the author was discussing too many different people, events and things, instead of focusing on a just a few things and going more into depth with those. It almost felt like the book was about two separate things; Mary Shelley and her close friends and grave robbing and experiments on human corpses. The book goes back and forth. There seemed to be an obsession with trying to use electricity to bring back the dead and The Lady and Her Monsters goes into depth on quite a few accounts of grave robbers and alchemists. And speaking of human dissection, wow. According to this book, public hangings were interesting spectacles as were the dissections that followed right after. Ew. This book is not for the faint of heart as there are some pretty gory details and a few illustrations concerning dissection. I had to take a breather a few times while reading, and I just skipped some passages altogether. This is my first time reading on the topic of dissection and some of the physicians behind it all, and as for myself, I thought the author did her research. Like I said, I like the creepy atmosphere she creates here. At times I felt like I was reading a scary book based on historical facts. Mary Shelley's life is discussed of course, as are her immediate family and close friends. Her husband was the poet Percy Shelley and their friend was Lord Byron. He was around at the time Mary Shelley began to write the novel that made her famous, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. All in all, The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece is not for the faint of heart. Like the title suggests, this is a book about dissection, grave robbing, and physicians during the 1800's who were obsessed with experiments on corpses. It is also a book that has details about Mary Shelley and some of her friends and family as well as some information on the history behind her novel Frankenstein. What I found really interesting is that Mary Shelley was given the chance to revise her novel for a new publication, and in 1831 she did. I need to bump it up on my TBR pile. Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. The publisher Harper Collins sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The book contained interesting information on the history of anatomy and background to "Frankenstein". However, the author jumped from different topics without a transition. It was hard to keep up with the different thoughts and characters.