Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus (Paperback)

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During a dreary summer trip to the Swiss Alps with Lord Byron and Mary Shelley's husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Frankenstein was conceived as part of a little contest the three writers devised to occupy their time. Allegedly appearing to Shelley in a dream, Frankenstein originated the sci-fi genre by successfully pulling from then-current scientific thought to present a new type of horror never seen before. This deftly conceived epistolary novel follows Dr. Frankenstein as he conceives of and then creates The Monster. Once brought to life however, the Doctor flees in disgust at his own creation. Having been immediately rejected by his creator, The Monster begins a quest to hunt down the Doctor just as Frankenstein determines to do the same. Encompassing questions of monstrosity, creation, self-awareness, and the limits of science vs. nature, it is no wonder that Frankenstein has become a literary and pop culture classic.

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.Shelley traveled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim, which is 17 kilometers (11 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she traveled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland)-where much of the story takes place-and the topic of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy and Lord Byron decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later evolved into the novel's story.Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. At the same time, it is an early example of science fiction. Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because, in contrast to previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results. It has had a considerable influence in literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories, films, and plays.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781978125285
ISBN-10: 1978125283
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2018
Pages: 108
Language: English