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Frankenstein

Frankenstein - rev edition

ISBN13: 978-0140433623

Cover of Frankenstein  REV 92 (ISBN 978-0140433623)
ISBN13: 978-0140433623
ISBN10: 0140433627
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: REV 92
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.
Published: 1992
International: No

List price: $7.95

Frankenstein - REV 92 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140433623

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

ISBN13: 978-0140433623
ISBN10: 0140433627
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: REV 92
Publisher: Penguin Books, Inc.

Published: 1992
International: No
Summary

Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's immensely powerful contribution to the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron devised one wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific consequences. Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and mankind's status as a species of animal. The text used here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking expose of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing humanity its choice - to live co-operatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the 1831 version with which we are more familiar.