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Longman Editions Rock
on October 28, 2013
I was first introduced to Longman Cultural editions in college, and now, as a postgrad, I can only read classics in good conscious, if I am reading a Longman. The content is so rich and depending on your energy-level, provides a "manageable" or "extensive" context to frame the work. How can one really "read" a piece of the canon, without knowledge of the historical and cultural climate of the author's environment? Oh right! He or she really can't. What I really like about these editions is that very little previous knowledge is assumed; instead, you are guided by a Virgil, in this case, Susan Wolfson, through a story that, at first, might seem too dense or too dated to be interesting: ie. "hell." But, Frankenstein with a Longman guide is far from a trip through the underworld--although the creature's descriptions of loneliness would make for a fitting version of hell on earth. Overall, I found this to be my favorite version of Frankenstein by a mile. It was my third time through the book (two previous reads, both with Norton editions). The added bonus of footnotes that are interesting rather than irritating, along with essays that cast a light on the creation and time of the writing, made the story come to life with the brilliance of a bolt of lightening. 5 stars!