Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus" (1818) is a combination of gothic horror story and science fiction first conceived for a writing challenge by Lord Byron when she was just eighteen. It is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who assembles pieces of corpses to create an artificial man and brings it to life with galvanism. Though it seeks affection, the unnamed monster inspires loathing in everyone it meets. Lonely and miserable, the creature ultimately destroys its creator.
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... between walking the deck and remaining seated motionless for hours, when
no exercise prevents the blood from actually freezing in your veins. I have no
ambition to lose my life on the post-road between. St. Petersburgh and Archangel
Heaven shower down blessings on you, and save me, that I may again and again
testify my gratitude for all your love and kindness. Your affectionate brother, R.
WALTo N. LETTER II. To Mrs. Savior, England. Archangel, 28th March, 17–.
Archangel, 28th March, 17–. How slowly the time passes here, encompassed as I
am by frost and snow ; yet a second step is taken towards my enterprise. I have
hired a vessel, and am occupied in collecting my sailors; those whom I have ...
Well, these are useless complaints; I shall certainly find no friend on the wide
ocean, nor even here in Archangel, among merchants and seamen. Yet some
feelings, unallied to the dross of human nature, beat even in these rugged
This letter will reach England by a merchant-man now on its homeward voyage
from Archangel; more fortunate than I, who may not see my native land, perhaps,
for many years. I am, however, in good spirits: my men are bold, and apparently ...
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My favorite book of all time.User Review - TheRavensLenore - Borders
I am in love with the "monster" portrayed in this book. From his point of view, it's when the coldness of the world changes us for the worse. To think that she wrote this novel at such a young age, it is profound. Read full review
A Brief review of "Frankenstein"User Review - VendettLia - Borders
Oh, This is a beautiful book. How its words flow just right with the story, is just Magnificiant. The story is captivating, not to mention wonderfully depressing.(^^) I really do have high respects ... Read full review