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5.0 out of 5 stars Trio of Horror, October 4, 2004
This review is from: Frankenstein; Dracula; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Signet Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
There is an introduction written by Stephen King but it adds some to the stories themselves as it places them within historical context. But if you are a first time reader of these stories be warned there are no footnotes, endnotes, or explanations of unfamiliar terms - so you could find yourself at a bit of a loss.

The book contains the third edition of "Frankenstein" originally published in 1831, I understand from other readings that Shelley made some changes in the text itself. The third, and last, edition includes the introduction she finally wrote for the novel.

For the experienced gothic reader or the novice willing to look up unfamiliar words, this book is a treasure as it has the three most famous and chilling gothic stories of the 19th century.

Enjoy them thoroughly and chillingly.
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Initial post: May 19, 2007 10:48:12 AM PDT
You have written a nice review. It was short, sweet, and all true. About Shelley's Frankenstein, there are 1818 text editions still in publication, as I own one myself and have read it. The only difference in the story between that and the 1831 revision is that Elizabeth is Victor's blood cousin in the 1818 version, while in the revision she is just a girl the Frankensteins find and adopt, although Victor still referrs to her as his "favorite cousin." If I am not mistaking, Victor meets Clerval at a younger age in the 1818 version. Other then those two things, they are basically the same book. You see, Frankenstein was originally published as a three part mini trilogy. When Mary decided to revise her story, she put it all into one popular novel edition, which is the one most commonly read today.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 5:34:40 PM PST
General Pete says:
Agreed excellent review.
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