ISBN-10: 0321096983

ISBN-13: 9780321096982

Edition: 2003

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This edition ofFrankenstein , orThe Modern Prometheus , presents Mary Shelley's remarkable novel in several provocative and illuminating contexts, cultural, critical and literary. As part of Longman's new Cultural Edition series of novels, Susan Wolfson presents the 1818 version of Mary Shelley's famous novel in its cultural and historical contexts. Like all great works of fiction,Frankenstein gains depth and dimension from its "conversation" with contemporary texts, especially by Shelley's parents, husband, and friends. In addition to the 1818 text, this cultural edition features the introduction to and a sample revision of the 1831 version. A lively introduction to the edition is complemented by a chronology coordinating Shelley's life with key historical events and a speculative calendar of the novel's events in the late eighteenth century. For those interested in reading and critically analyzing literature.
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List price: $9.60
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Susan J. Wolfson is a professor of English at Princeton University and author of many essays on and editions of Romantic-era writers. Her books include The Questioning Presence; Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism; and, most recently, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism.

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.

Monsters, Visionaries, and Mary Shelley
Aesthetic Adventures
On the Sublime and the Beautiful, from A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origins of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful
A Vindication of the Rights of Men
Picturesque TravelWilliam Gilpin
The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, 1798
Jemima's Story from Maria, or The Wrongs of WomanMary Wollstonecraft
journal entries
Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude
from History of a Six Weeks' Tour
Mont Blanc
Canto 3 from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage III
A Fragment
A Romantic Drama
letter to E. J. Trelawny
Enjoy Your Baby, from Baby and Child Care
Romantic Imaginations
The King James Bible, Genesis, Chapters 2 and 3
Paradise Lost
An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent
Marginalia to Paradise Lost
On Shakespeare and Milton, from Lectures on the English Poets
Preface Prometheus Unbound
A Defence of Poetry
What Do We Mean by Literature? What the Reviews Said
Quarterly Review, January 1818
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, March 1818
Magazine and Literary Miscellany, March 1818
Belle Assemble, March 1818
The British Critic, April 1818
Gentleman's Magazine, April 1818
Monthly Review, April 1818
The Literary Panorama and National Register, June 1818
Knight's Quarterly Magazine, August 1824
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, March 1823
London Morning Post, July 1823
George Canning, remarks in the House of Commons, March 1824
Knight's Quarterly Magazine, August 1824
Anthenum, November 1832
Further Reading and Viewing
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