Frankenstein

Frankenstein

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/08/2009

RRP  $14.99 $14.50

In an attempt to create a perfect new being, scientist Victor Frankenstein secretly assembles a collection of body parts and activates it with an electrical charge.

The result is horrifying - even to his maker - and is never named. The hideous creature escapes the laboratory and searches in vain for friendship.

Despairing, he returns to Frankenstein and demands a partner as his right to happiness. But when Victor destroys her before she is completed, the monster vows vengeance on everything he holds dear.

Widely regarded as the first proper science-fiction novel, "Frankenstein" provided the inspiration for a whole genre of horror stories and, later, films.

ISBN:
9781848373273
9781848373273
Category:
Classic horror & ghost stories
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-08-2009
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arcturus Publishing Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
205
Dimensions (mm):
196x127x13mm
Weight:
0.16kg
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The childhood of Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851), sounds rather like a dark fairy-tale. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was brought up by a remote father and a step-mother who hated her. Her step-sister was a depressive and later committed suicide and Mary had little in common with her step-brother or her half-brother. As a young girl, she escaped into books and would often read by the side of her mother's tomb.

In 1813 Mary met Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was only twenty-one but was already unhappily married. He was destined to be one of the geniuses of English poetry. The two fell in love and eloped, despite Mary's age. Her father, William Godwin, disowned her, but still she and Shelley were married in 1816. They settled in Italy but tragedy seemed to follow them. Only one of their four children lived very long and then, in 1822, when he was just thirty, Shelley was drowned. Mary lived for another thirty years but she lost the promise that she had shown in the company of her brilliant husband and his friends, such as the poet Lord Byron. The single book that we remember her for belonged to her happy time in Italy.

It was Byron who suggested in 1817, that they each write a horror story. The result in Mary's case, was Frankenstein. As well as being creepier than most other books in the genre, Frankenstein has a far better story-line and is in the end, both moving and tragic. Amazingly, a young girl of twenty gave us the book whose name has become synonymous with horror.

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