Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus): Read It and Know It Edition

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Createspace Independent Pub, Dec 26, 2013 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein continues to be relevant in today's modern frenzy of scientific advances. The story of the too-curious Victor Frankenstein and his monster, driven to savageness by his unnatural birth and lack of connection with human society, might be a horror story, but it is also a commentary on human hubris, unthinking pursuit of knowledge, and the consequences of these flaws. Higher Read's Read It. Know It. edition of Frankenstein provides you with an understanding of all of the layers of this book. The original text included in this edition allows you to read the book as Mary Shelley wrote it, and our original content helps you understand the novel more thoroughly. Character and narrative summaries provide you with an at-a-glance reminder of what the original book holds, while our "Read It and Know It" sections explore literary themes in the book. Like Dr. Frankenstein, you can expand your knowledge and satisfy your curiosity. Just try not to build a murderous monstrosity while you do it. So whether you want to read the whole book, just want a reminder of the story, or are interested in exploring the important themes in Frankenstein, Higher Read's Read It. Know It. edition provides an all-in-one book that's right for you.

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User Review  - birdie.newborn - LibraryThing

An important book. Mary Shelley is methodical, but also swept up in the Sturm-und-Drang emotionality of the period. Her characters have motivations, psychological depth, passions. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. She died from a brain tumor on February 1, 1851 at the age of 54.

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