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Frankenstein Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 30, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.
Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.
From the Trade Paperback edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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It was nothing like the movies we grew up with. It was totally a different story. Since it was written in 1818, the language was stiff. It took forever to get to the point. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It wasn't the version I needed. The Isbn that I entered and the book that was delivered were not the samePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I always thought that Frankenstein was about a man who was obsessed to bring dead back to life. It is far from the truth and so much more. I really enjoyed it.Published 4 days ago by Dana K
Frankenstein is a timeless classic, but I still felt that some of the chapters dragged on for an unbelievably long time.Published 9 days ago by Heather E.
It's one thing to attempt to review something written before your grandparents were even born. Its another thing to review a book that old that pretty much every other monster... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Michael Battaglia