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  • Published: 30 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473569287
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

Frankenstein




'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


A beautiful new edition of Mary Shelley's Gothic horror classic, Frankenstein

INCLUDES A CULTURAL HISTORY OF FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER BY JEANETTE WINTERSON

Navigating the Arctic, the captain of a ship rescues a man wandering near death across the ice caps. How the man got there reveals itself a story of ambition, murder and revenge. As a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein pushed moral boundaries in order to cross the final frontier and create life. But his creation is a monster stitched together from grave-plundered body parts who has no place in the world, and his existence can only lead to tragedy.

**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

  • Published: 30 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473569287
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was born in London on 30 August 1797. Her mother, the celebrated feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, died a few days after her birth.Her father, William Godwin, a well-known anarchist and atheist writer, tutored Mary. In 1814, when she was sixteen, she fell in love with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and they eloped to France. In 1816 the couple travelled to Lake Geneva to spend the summer with the poet Byron. Mary was inspired to write Frankenstein after Byron arranged a ghost story competition during their stay. In the autumn of 1816 Shelley's pregnant wife drowned herself in the Serpentine in Hyde Park and Shelley immediately married Mary. The couple had four children together but only one son survived infancy. They lived in Italy until Percy's death in a boating accident in 1822. Mary continued to write until her death in London on 1 February 1851. She is buried in Bournemouth.

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Praise for Frankenstein

A haunting, melancholy work of gothic beauty

Independent

More relevant today than ever

Benjamin Zephaniah

A haunting, melancholy work of gothic beauty

Independent

The most famous of all horror stories still packs a punch

Daily Mail

A masterpiece

Phillip Pullman

The most famous of all horror stories still packs a punch

Daily Mail

Frankenstein launched an entire genre of dystopian fiction, and a legacy of horror at the consequences of unbridled experimentation

Daily Telegraph

Frankenstein launched an entire genre of dystopian fiction, and a legacy of horror at the consequences of unbridled experimentation

Daily Telegraph

Shelley’s speechifying, lonely, Miltonic monster remains one of the greatest characters in all of literature… The book may also be the greatest meditation on birth I have ever read.

Siri Hustvedt, The Week

Shelley's speechifying, lonely, Miltonic monster remains one of the greatest characters in all of literature. The book may also be the greatest meditation on birth I have ever read

Siri Hustvedt, The Week

A masterpiece

Philip Pullman

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