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The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein Paperback – August 20, 2007
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This book answers the question of how a young woman could develop and write such a story. Her life story and the people that surround her make for a very interesting read. I was shocked and surprised by many facts throughout this work. For a non fiction book, it was a real page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.
Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and John Polidori were all figures I knew marginally but the Hooblers have made them live in the pages of this wonderfully diverse study. They were fascinating people.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. There are very few biographies as engaging as "The Monsters". Anyone with an interest in literature, monsters or just interesting people will enjoy this book.
I'm not a scholar so I can't speak to its historical authenticity, but I was convinced by this...and I'd love to see similar books that delve into the "why" and "how" great classic literature came to be.
While I highlighted a ton of this book, I thought this was one of the more interesting quotes:
Victor Frankenstein realizes that the creature is his doppelgänger--an insight that seems to have extended to readers and audiences, for today the name "Frankenstein" is popularly applied not only to the creator, but to the monster, who is never named in the book.
Rather, the Hooblers argue that Frankenstein was rather more a reflection of Mary Shelley's tumultuous parentage, upbringing and life than even she may have realized, and they make a good case for that.
The book starts off slowly, but by the time it begins to chronicle Mary Shelley's life for the period before and after Lake Geneva, it settles into a smooth, informative narrative which truly gives a sense of how frantic these young lives were.
(I'm following this with a long over-due reading of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" written by Mary Shelley's "infamous" and utterly brilliant mother.)
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Frankenstein has always been one of my favorite classic novels; I first encountered it in high school, and have subsequently taught it to several of my own classes as an English... Read morePublished 18 months ago by scholium
I am a huge fan of the horror genre and lately I have been reading a lot of the classics of horror and Gothic fiction, horror's forerunner. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by LovecraftLass
This is a beautiful book. Great scholarship, lightly but consistently and energetically applied, so that the characters do come to life. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by chris willoughby
Had all the information I was looking for to do a presentation on "the haunted summer" for my book club that was doing Frankenstein. Loved the Book! Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Sarah Leopold
amazing compilation of background of the lives of Byron and the Shellys. A fascinating understanding of the circumstances that lead to the first science fiction novel in history.Published on February 23, 2013 by William Alford
This is perhaps the best biography I have ever read. It's almost novelesque in the brilliancy of its storytelling. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Reader Christensen
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