Frankenstein

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Penguin Random House, Jul 7, 2016 - 240 pages
One freezing morning a lone man wandering across the Artic ice caps is rescued from starvation by a ships captain Victor Frankensteins story is one of ambition murder and revenge As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final frontier and create life But his creation is a monster stitched together from graverobbed body parts who has no place in the world and his life can only lead to tragedy Written when she was only nineteen Shelleys gothic tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever published

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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 (2016)

Mary Shelley was born in London on 30 August 1797. Her mother, the celebrated feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, died a few days after her birth.Her father, William Godwin, a well-known anarchist and atheist writer, tutored Mary. In 1814, when she was sixteen, she fell in love with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and they eloped to France. In 1816 the couple travelled to Lake Geneva to spend the summer with the poet Byron. Mary was inspired to write Frankenstein after Byron arranged a ghost story competition during their stay. In the autumn of 1816 Shelley's pregnant wife drowned herself in the Serpentine in Hyde Park and Shelley immediately married Mary. The couple had four children together but only one son survived infancy. They lived in Italy until Percy's death in a boating accident in 1822. Mary continued to write until her death in London on 1 February 1851. She is buried in Bournemouth.

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