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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION!!!!!!, January 31, 2007
This review is from: Frankenstein (Enriched Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
This "enriched classics" is a bowdlerized version of Mary Shelley's original text. It eliminates passages, changes the diction, abridges the chapters, and changes the entire structure of the novel. Our school bought this edition thinking that the additional notes would be helpful to students studying the text, but there was no indication at all on Amazon's website that this version had been substantially altered by the editors. The book is so bowdlerized that our school bought an entire new set of texts for the students at a considerable finanacial loss for the school. WHATEVER YOU DO, BUY SOME OTHER VERSION OF FRANKENSTEIN. THIS ONE IS A MONSTER CREATED BY SOMEONE WHO HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE AUTHOR. BANTAM, PUFFIN, OXFORD -- THEY ARE ALL FINE. Irene Nicastro, English teacher, The American School of The Hague.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2007 9:40:28 AM PST
Thank you for the warning. I hate it when publishers pull this crap, as if they have a right to alter a classic masterpiece. Enriched my butt!

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 6:20:51 PM PDT
Marvin Migl says:
Thanks for the warning. Gets my "helpful" vote!!

Posted on Aug 4, 2007 5:09:48 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 24, 2007 11:43:02 AM PDT
Without seeing this text, myself, it's difficult to guess whether this is a trustworthy review. I wonder if the reviewer is aware of the two existing and both "true" versions of Frankenstein: The original 1818 text and the Shelley-revised-1831 third-edition. Scholars differ on which is the better--I prefer 1818. Regardless, I would not trust any review that does not identify and distinguish between the two

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 4:33:05 AM PST
I wish I had known this before buying it for a class. I wish publishers would just leave things be.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2008 3:54:22 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 8, 2009 8:52:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2009 2:52:41 PM PST
Walls says:
The original post of this thread is uninformed and, quite simply, wrong. The Enriched classic offers an unabridged edition of the original 1818 version--entirely faithful to the original text. Presumably I. Nicastro is simply unaware that Shelley herself is responsible for two versions: the original 1818 version and a heavily edited 1831 version. I find the 1818 version more provocative, and when I teach the 1818 version I almost always use this edition, which for a bargain basement price offers the full (again, unabridged) text and a lot of excellent supplementary material.

Posted on May 15, 2010 7:03:05 PM PDT
Buyers beware! Nicastro's review does not pertain to the Ignatius Critical Edition. Buy and read a classic as well as the essay it contains. It is worth adding to your library.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2010 8:56:11 AM PDT
colinization says:
The barnes and noble edition I have is the original 1818, but in the preface they discuss the 1831 version. This sounds like a watered-down tome simply for puritanical appeasement. Generally, I'd say there's a reason the author wrote it how he/she did. Stick to 1818.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2010 9:45:30 AM PDT
J. Shedd says:
Thank you for the invaluable and accurate post. I have a deep regard for the research encouraged by Ignatius publishing and would have been quite surprised if they attempted something unfaithful to the original. I will be purchasing this book based on previous recommendations and the affirmation of your post. Well-informed and more professional than the original critical review.

Thank you!
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