‘It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open . . .’ Frankenstein
What you create can destroy you.
One freezing morning, a lone man wandering across the artic ice caps is rescued from starvation by a ship’s captain. Victor Frankenstein’s story is one of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist he pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final scientific frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-robbed body parts who has no place in the world, and his life can only lead to tragedy.
Written when she was only nineteen, Shelley's gothic tale is one of the greatest horror stories ever written.
About the Author
Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin on August 30, 1797 in London, the daughter of William Godwin- a radical philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstonecraft- a renowned feminist and the author of Vindication of the Rights of Woman. She eloped to France with Shelley in 1814, although they were not married until 1816, after the suicide of his first wife. She began work on Frankenstein in 1816 in Switzerland, while they were staying with Lord Byron, and it was published in 1818 to immediate acclaim. She died in London in 1851.
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A timeless classic that presents themes that are repeated in a variety of genres and textual mediums over and over again.
"A masterpiece" -- Philip Pullman "More relevant today than ever" -- Benjamin Zephaniah "One of the most original and complete productions of the day" -- Percy Bysshe Shelley "I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion" -- Mary Shelley
Series: Vintage Magic
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: September 2007
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.16