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Frankenstein (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
J. Paul Hunter is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Reluctant Pilgrim: Defoe’s Emblematic Method and Quest for Form in Robinson Crusoe; Occasional Form: Henry Fielding and the Chains of Circumstance; and Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. He is author of the first nine editions of The Norton Introduction to Poetry and the long-time co-editor of The Norton Introduction to Literature and New Worlds of Literature.
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Top customer reviews
Well written, enjoyable, perfect for October!
The Frankenstein movies bear little resemblance to the story. The 1818 version is more of a philosophical argument between the creator and the created than a science fiction work, although some critics call it early science fiction.
Frankenstein is Victor Frankenstein; his creation, a vaguely-described monster, remains unnamed, yet he has educated himself learning language and reading such works as "Paradise Lost."
Victor suffers lifelong torment for his deed as did Prometheus for his.
To better understand the book, I (briefly) researched Mary Shelley and her relation with Percy (and with Lord Byron.) Mary Shelley's life is full of happiness and of sadness, full of leisure and of hardship. There is no doubt that Percy influenced her and critiqued her writing, but teenagers writing their first novels are granted to have mentors. The mentor does not take away from the genius of the story; the mentor polishes it, politely.
Mary Shelley got the idea for this story while vacationing in Geneva. She carefully weaves German and Swiss locales into the story which add to the mystique and mystery of Victor Frankenstein and his monster.
If you are an English major, you will read it eventually. If not, read it anyway!
Also, this Norton edition is fantastic. Between having the first edition in print and additional resources and scholarly essays, this book is well worth the purchase.