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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus (Uncensored 1818 Edition - Wisehouse Classics) (Paperback)

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This is the Uncensored 1818 Edition FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she travelled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topic of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the novel's story.

Shelley completed her writing in May 1817, and Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was first published on 11 March 1818 by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones. The second edition of Frankenstein was published on 11 August 1822 in two volumes (by G. and W. B. Whittaker) following the success of the stage play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake; this edition credited Mary Shelley as the author.

On 31 October 1831, the first "popular" edition in one volume appeared, published by Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley. This edition was heavily revised by Mary Shelley, partially because of pressure to make the story more conservative, and included a new, longer preface by her, presenting a somewhat embellished version of the genesis of the story. This edition tends to be the one most widely read now, although editions containing the original 1818 text are still published. Many scholars prefer the 1818 text, arguing that it preserves the spirit of Shelley's original publication

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Language
English
Publisher
Iran Open Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
150
Author
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Title
FRANKENSTEIN or The Modern Prometheus (Uncensored 1818 Edition - Wisehouse Classics)
ISBN-13
9789176370698
Publication Date
November, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
9176370690

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10/20. Ooo, halfway th...

10/20. Ooo, halfway through the goal! Yay! (although this is a class book, so it doesn't really count...but whatever). I absolutely loved this book. Loved, loved, loved, loved. The fact that Mary Shelley wrote it when she was eighteen is stunning to me. It's got gothic, science fiction, philosophy, realism, travel narrative and bildungsroman all built into one. It's also one of the most morally challenging and ambiguous science fiction texts I have read. And yes, I do consider "Frankenstein" the foundational text of science fiction. You have to read it very carefully to pick up all the nuances, but it's absolutely worth it. Highly recommended.

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Wow. What a book. Just...

Wow. What a book. Just goes to show things aren't always black and white, but that there are many shades of gray in between. The story centers around Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist, who creates life in his laboratory. Driven by an insatiable desire to bring back the spark of life, he is disgusted and repulsed by his final creation and casts the creature out. This hideous being, denied even the smallest show of kindness or love, pleads with his creator for a symbol of compassion. Again denied, the monster turns against his maker and a life and death struggle ensues. When I turned the final page (or clicked onto the final page), I was left wondering: Who is the real monster?

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Wow. What a book. Just...

Wow. What a book. Just goes to show things aren't always black and white, but that there are many shades of gray in between. The story centers around Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist, who creates life in his laboratory. Driven by an insatiable desire to bring back the spark of life, he is disgusted and repulsed by his final creation and casts the creature out. This hideous being, denied even the smallest show of kindness or love, pleads with his creator for a symbol of compassion. Again denied, the monster turns against his maker and a life and death struggle ensues. When I turned the final page (or clicked onto the final page), I was left wondering: Who is the real monster?

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This year is the 200th...

This year is the 200th anniversary of the occasion when Mary Shelley, her husband Percy, Byron and John Polydori spent a bleak summer evening on the shores of Lake Geneva, challenging each other to tell horror stories. Mary Shelley's nightmare became the novel that was eventually published two years later in 1818. This edition is that original version; whereas the edition most commonly read these days, and which I have read before, is the revised 1831 version produced when Mary had experienced several family tragedies that led to a more fatalistic outlook. This original version is raw and powerful, stark in its portrayal of misery and despair and depiction of the deaths the monster causes; yet, despite the monster's crimes, one can sympathise with it when it observes the family of Felix and Agatha, and desperately wants to be accepted into the warmth of human society, but instead is spurned in horror and disgust. This is drama and despair at its peak; yet, at the same time, the novel's contrasting descriptions of the beautiful scenery of the Alps are moving and sublime. Brilliant writing throughout.

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Frankenstein might be ...

Frankenstein might be one of the most analyzed and reviewed books of all time. Whole books have been written about this book and its author Mary Shelley. I'm not a literary scholar so my review is going to be short and sweet. You can dig as deeply as you want to on your own time! My book club likes to read at least one classic per year and this year's was Frankenstein. It was our October pick because it seemed the perfect month to review a book about a monster. Interestingly, there are two editions of Frankenstein. It was originally published in 1818. When it came out, people were aghast that an eighteen year old girl could conceive of such horrors and write about them - ladies being delicate flowers and all that. In 1831 a new edition was published that Shelley had revised from the 1818 version to make the book less shocking. Almost all of my book club buddies and I read the 1818 version published by Penguin Classics. Penguin included a short overview of Shelley's life. She had quite an eventful one and several biographies about her have been written. Frankenstein was a lot different than I thought it would be. The monster wasn't an inarticulate beast afraid of fire and being chased by villagers with torches. He was actually quite intelligent. Also, a fair amount of the story was about Dr. Frankenstein's life independent of the monster. There was much to discuss about this book. We talked about Mary Shelley's life and how it influenced Frankenstein. There were also many ethical issues to talk about, the first being is it okay for man to create life by means other than normal reproduction. Most everyone liked the book and our discussion went well over our one hour meeting time which hasn't happened in the time that I've been a member. As far as classic literature goes, Frankenstein is accessible and easy to understand. I recommend it for anytime of the year but especially if you're looking for a good Halloween read.

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