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Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; M K Joseph
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"To many readers, who have perhaps known Frankenstein only at second hand, the original may well come as a surprise. When Mary Shelley began it, she was only 18, though she was already Shelley's mistress and Byron's friend. In her preface she explains how she and Shelley spent part of a wet summer with Byron in Switzerland, amusing themselves by reading and writing ghost stories. Her contribution was Frankenstein, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Science fiction
Horror fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; M K Joseph
ISBN: 0192834878 9780192834874 0192815326 9780192815323
OCLC Number: 39900139
Description: xx, 239 pages ; 19 cm.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Other Titles: Frankenstein
Frankenstein
Modern Prometheus
Responsibility: Mary Shelley ; [edited with an introduction and notes] by M.K. Joseph.
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"To many readers, who have perhaps known Frankenstein only at second hand, the original may well come as a surprise. When Mary Shelley began it, she was only 18, though she was already Shelley's mistress and Byron's friend. In her preface she explains how she and Shelley spent part of a wet summer with Byron in Switzerland, amusing themselves by reading and writing ghost stories. Her contribution was Frankenstein, a story about a student of natural philosophy who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from bones he has collected in charnel-houses. The story is not a study of the macabre, as such, but rather a study of how man uses his power, through science, to manipulate and pervert his own destiny, and this makes it a profoundly disturbing book."--Jacket.

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