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Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus The 1818 Text

ISBN-10: 0226752275
ISBN-13: 9780226752273
Edition: 1982 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/15/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"James Rieger's Frankenstein is relatively special among editions: it is the definitive scholarly text, and it is also the most readable copy for the classroom and the general reader. . . .The Rieger Frankenstein is very simply the best edition of this tremendously important and popular novel."—William Veeder, University of Chicago

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.

Acknowledgments Preface Introduction Mary Shelley's Life and the Composition of Frankenstein Frankenstein as Novel and Myth Selected Bibliography Note on the Text Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus Volume One Dedication Preface (by Percy Bysshe Shelley) Text Volume 2 Volume 3 Appendices A. Mary Shelley's Introduction to the Third Edition (1831) B. Collation of the Texts of 1818 and 1831 C. The Ghost-Story Contest Lord Byron, "A Fragment" John William Polidori, The Vampyre: a Tale Illustrations from the Thomas Copy (1823) Half-title Page Title Page Volume I, page 23 Volume I, page 77 Map Lac Leacute;man and the Region of Mont Blanc

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