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Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics) Mass Market Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1593080051 ISBN-10: 1593080050

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593080050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593080051
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The select bibliography by M.K. Joseph is of benefit to our students."--Dr. Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College
"This has proved ideal for my Freshman class...compact, inexpensive, clearly printed with margins big enough to scribble in!"--Hilary Kaplan, University of California and Los Angeles
"The best general edition of this classic text in terms of text, notes, and general design."--Barry M. Katz, Stanford University
"Indispensable for the study of Shelley's Frankenstein."--Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan
"Marilyn Butlers introduction was comprehensive and informative and provided a valuable background for my general intro to lit students. The inclusion of the apprndices was also useful and thought-provoking." --Stephanie Wardrop, Colorado State University
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, famous radical writers of the day. In 1814, she met and soon fell in love with the then-unknown Percy Bysshe Shelley. In December 1816, after Shelley's first wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy married. They lived in Italy from 1818 until 1822, when Percy drowned, whereupon Mary returned to London to live as a professional writer of novels, stories, and essays until her death in 1851.

Maurice Hindle is Senior Faculty Manager in Arts at London’s Open University, where he also teaches literature. In addition to Frankenstein, he has edited Caleb Williams and Dracula for Penguin Classics.

Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books (U.K.), where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

It was fun reading it, and the story is very well written.
Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is one of murder, misunderstandings, and a simple desire to be loved.
If you don't read the book for these points, then just read it for a good story.
Joshua M. Clark

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155 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fowler on December 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Much like Bram Stoker's "Dracula", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a story we all think we know, but really don't. Very few films have consciously attempted to follow the novel too closely (which shouldn't detract from the excellent James Whale/Boris Karloff film, or its masterpiece-sequel, "The Bride of Frankenstein). Thus, everything popular culture "knows" about "Frankenstein" does not originate from literature, but from films. This is a shame, in a way, because the novel itself is, if not the progenitor, an early vessel of so many archetypes found science fiction and horror.

The basic plot remained intact when transferred to other media. Swiss medical student Victor Frankenstein discovers the secret of life (which he never reveals, lest someone repeat the mistake). He then puts together a body, essentially a man, from various corpses. He then becomes horrified by the creature he has built, and abandons. The creature, suffering a great deal of neglect and abuse, still manages to get a thorough education, and learns of his lineage. After murdering Victor's younger brother, and framing the family maid, the creature tells his (admittedly) sad tale to his "father", and then demands a mate. Victor, in a panic, agrees, then thinks better of it at the last moment, destroying the new bride. In retaliation, the creature murders all of Victor's loved ones (including his wife), and leads Victor on a merry chase across the world.

Most probably know that Mary Shelley wrote this book in response to a challenge issued by Lord Byron, during a vacation at Lake Geneva. (Along with this story came John Polidori's "The Vampyre", the first English vampire novel.) Most probably also know that Shelley went on to write other works of imaginative gothic fiction.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CollegeSTudent on June 6, 2012
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I am thoroughly impressed with this edition of Frankenstein. Not only does it include the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, it contains the original 1818 introduction by Percy Bysshe Shelley and the 1831 introduction by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. This edition contains a very nice collection of critical essays. Many of the critical essays focus on feminist readings of Frankenstein, but other readings are represented as well (New Historicism, Intertextual Criticism, Media & Cultural Studies, etc.). This is a fine volume for students looking to delve a little deeper into Frankenstein and the imaginative forces behind it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BobRobert on September 19, 2011
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When I came across this book I had to buy it. If you're a fan of classic horror, you'll love the story that inspired the movies. But if you're looking for a couple hundred pages of grunts, growls, and "fire bad...arrrrggghhh!" don't buy this book. It's a more intelligent read than that. I won't go into the story itself, most everyone around the world is familiar with the basic premise of the Frankenstein tale.

The book itself is beautiful. If you want eye candy for your bookshelf, this would satisfy any literary sweet tooth. It's a leather bound book. How can you tell it's real leather and not simulated? You stick your nose close to the binding and sniff. If it smells like a brand new pair of Buster Browns it's leather. Along with the leather binding it has quality end pages, the page edges are gilded giving them a nice sheen when the book is closed, and like a good quality bound book it has a sewn in ribbon book mark.

It's been printed in fairly large print on heavy stock paper and is easy to read, but as this work of fiction was penned almost 200 years ago the reading may be a little slow until you get used to the vernacular of the early 1800's. However, there are footnotes throughout the book that define and explain certain words and references that might confuse the modern reader.

This is a true literary classic, no library should be considered complete without this title in the collection. This particular edition would be a beautiful addition to anyone's book collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on November 7, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sci Fi movie buffs may not recognize the original novel by Mary
Shelley, any more than movie goers would recognize the real Tarzan in ERB's debut book. For this 1818 novel introduces us to a surprisingly articulate monster--who is never named by his idealistic young creator. Its antique literary style offers a tale presented by three different first-person narrators. Letters (tales within a tale) are the inevitable legacy of suicide or premature death before the story is really over.
In contrast, the basic theme appears remarkably modern, especially in the light of 21st century scientific debate over the inherent dangers of too much knowledge (as in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)or genetic tampering (The Island of Dr. Moreau). Man is simply not morally csapable to assume the role of creator. Lofty-minded but overwrought Victor Frankenstein conceives the blasphemous idea of creating a living being of gigantic stature. Despite his noble goal of benefitting mankind, the experiment goes grotesquely awry. The youthful natural scientist endures a few years of tortured, morbid existence, which swell to a crescendo of horror as a result of his cerebral "Hybris."
Frankenstein's obsession gradually dominates his life--spilling blood onto those around him, as the people dearest to him are viciously and deliberately murdered. Is there no way to stop the rampage of terror which he has inadvertantly unleashed upon a helpless, unsuspecting world? Linked inexorably by the bonds of unholy creation, both Victor and his monster live only for Revenge. But can either truly be said to be alive, if the other should perish? Are they not mutually dependent on each other to sustain the fires of the hunt? Despite uneven pacing, this thriller/chilller has captured the imagination of kids of all ages for almost two centuries. Bear in mind that Hollywood has transformed the original monster, spawning the idea that Frankenstein Is the monster!
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