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Annotated Frankenstein

Annotated Frankenstein - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674055520

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ISBN13: 978-0674055520
ISBN10: 0674055527
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 12
Publisher: Belknap Press
Published: 2012
International: No

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Annotated Frankenstein - 12 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674055520

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

ISBN13: 978-0674055520
ISBN10: 0674055527
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 12
Publisher: Belknap Press

Published: 2012
International: No
Summary

First published in 1818, Frankenstein has spellbound, disturbed, and fascinated readers for generations. One of the most haunting and enduring works ever written in English, it has inspired numerous retellings and sequels in virtually every medium, making the Frankenstein myth familiar even to those who have never read a word of Mary Shelley's remarkable novel. Now, this freshly annotated, illustrated edition illuminates the novel and its electrifying afterlife with unmatched detail and vitality.

From the first decade after publication, Frankenstein became a byword for any new, disturbing developments in science, technology, and human imagination. The editors' Introduction explores the fable's continuing presence in popular culture and intellectual life as well as the novel's genesis and composition. Mary Shelley's awareness of European politics and history, her interest in the poets and philosophical debates of the day, and especially her genius in distilling her personal traumas come alive in this engaging essay.

The editors' commentary, placed conveniently alongside the text, provides stimulating company. Their often surprising observations are drawn from a lifetime of reading and teaching the novel. A wealth of illustrations, many in color, immerses the reader in Shelley's literary and social world, in the range of artwork inspired by her novel, as well as in Frankenstein's provocative cinematic career. The fresh light that The Annotated Frankenstein casts on a story everyone thinks is familiar will delight readers while deepening their understanding of Mary Shelley's novel and the Romantic era in which it was created.

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