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Bantam Classics Ser.

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; Diane Johnson (Introduction by)


-I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion.- A summer evening's ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine's room, and a runaway imagination--fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism, and the origins of life--conspired to produce for Marry Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein . Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley's novel of -The Modern Prometheus- chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

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Book Information

Copyright year 2003
ISBN-13 9780553212471
ISBN-10 0553212478
Class Copyright
Publisher Random House Publishing Group
File Size 0 MB
Number of Pages 256
Shelf No. KD438
Grade Range 10-12
Ages 16-99