At the age of eighteen, Mary Shelley, while staying in the Swiss Alps with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, conceived the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life. The resulting book, "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, "is a dark parable warning against the risks of scientific and creative endeavor, the corrupting influence of technology and progress, and the dangers of knowledge without understanding. "Frankenstein" was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818 and has long been regarded as a masterpiece of suspense, a classic of nineteenth-century Romanticism and Gothic horror, and the prototype of the science fiction novel. Though it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations, it remains the most powerful story of its kind.
About the Author
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 and died on February 1, 1851. She was a novelist, essayist and biographer, best known for Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Her other published works include historical novels: Valperga, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, and Falkner; and the travel memoir Rambles in Germany and Italy. This is her first posthumously published work, though her story and characters of Frankenstein have been revised and utilized in countless unauthorized works and adaptations. Michael January is a screenwriter and travel author. His Favorite Castles book series is in its fourth edition with the publication of Favorite Castles of Germany and Favorite Castles of Switzerland. "The Frankenstein Diaries: The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley - The Romantics" is his first historical collaboration novel.
Wendy Steiner is the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English and Director of the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of "The Scandal of Pleasure" and has written for the "Independent, " the "Times Literary Supplement, " the "London Review of Books, The Guardian, " and "The New York Times." She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While stay-ing in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.
This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.
Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.