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Frankenstein: A Longman Cultural Edition download ebook
Mary Shelley,Susan J. Wolfson
Longman; 1st edition (August 12, 2002)
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History & Criticism

Like all great works of fiction, Frankenstein gains depth and dimension from its "conversation" with contemporary texts, especially those by Shelley's own parents, husband, and friends. A lively introduction 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.

Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University. She received her PhD from University of California, Berkeley and, previous to Princeton, taught for thirteen years at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Wolfson, Princeton University

Susan J. Wolfson, Princeton University. A sample of the 1831 revision, the adoption of Elizabeth Lavenza by the Frankensteins, provides a contrast to the rejected creature, replete with overtones of racial thinking and class prejudice. Table of dates presents Mary Shelley's life and the development of Frankenstein in relation to key historical events and publications during the age.

What Makes a Monster? By Susan J. Wolfson. Sources & Citations. Within a decade of its publication in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was already a potent reference for cultural anxiety. Patron-generated content represents the views and interpretations of the patron, not necessarily those of The New York Public Library. After reading Susan J. Resch (not verified).

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. The Annotated Frankenstein. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012. 387 pp. Find this book in a library or store.

Frankenstein 1994 Mary Shelley Frankenstein Horror Tale Rotten . Tolkien's classic features cover art, illustrations, and watercolor paintings by the.

Frankenstein 1994 Mary Shelley Frankenstein Horror Tale Rotten Tomatoes. This version of the classic horror tale closely follows Shelley's book. 200 Years of Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece as a Lens on Today’s Most Pressing Questions of Science, Ethics, and Human Creativity. 200 Years of Frankenstein: Mary Shelleys Masterpiece as a Lens on Timeless Questions About Creativity Responsibility and the Moral Dimensions of Science. Bibliophiles, rejoice!

Like all great works of fiction, Frankenstein gains depth and dimension from its "conversation" with contemporary texts, especially those by Shelley's own parents, husband, and friends.

Subtitle Or, the Modern Prometheus.

ISBN13: 9780321399533. Subtitle Or, the Modern Prometheus. ISBN13: 9780321096982. More Books . ABOUT CHEGG.

This edition of Frankenstein, or The 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.
  • Jairani
It's a classic. It was required. It came. I read. The end.
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Mary Shelley, the wife of Percy Shelley, first wrote this novel in 1817 while living in Switzerland. The ‘Introduction’ explains the origin of this story. There were changes to the beginning of this story prior to the 1831 publication. The famous 1931 Hollywood movie was loosely based on this novel. This novel seems overly wordy and padded with details. ‘Letter 1' has the background of Robert Walton who is in St. Petersburgh, Russia. These letters tell of meeting a stranger on the frozen ice, and his story from childhood (Chapter 1). His parents lived in Geneva Switzerland. There was Elizabeth, an adopted sister, and Henry Clerval his best friend. Victor Frankenstein studied at the University of Ingolstadt (Chapter 3). His mother died after hoping for a union of Elizabeth and Victor. Victor read books on natural philosophy, chemistry and mathematics.

He hoped to animate lifeless matter to renew life after death (Chapter 4). He collected material and was able to reanimate a body! But it was a monster in appearance (Chapter 5). Victor’s younger brother was found murdered (Chapter 7)! Justine Moritz was accused because of a miniature portrait (Chapter 8). Then Justine confessed after interrogation! Victor meets the being he created on the Mont Blanc glacier (Chapter 10). The creature tells his story, how he learned speech (Chapter 11). [This tells of the life of poor peasants.] The family history of his unknowing hosts is given (Chapter 14). But the creature is rejected by humans (Chapter 15). The creature confesses to killing a boy named Frankenstein, then placing a miniature portrait on a young woman (Chapter 16). The creature asks Victor to create a female as his mate, or he will make Victor’s life miserable (Chapter 17). Victor returned to Geneva and planned to marry Elizabeth (Chapter 18).

Victor traveled to England with Clerval (Chapter 19). They visited Oxford, then Edinburgh. Victor toured Scotland alone. The creature visited Victor in his laboratory and complained about the destruction of another like him; he made a threat about Victor’s union with Elizabeth (Chapter 20). The body of Clerval was found and Victor was accused of strangling him (Chapter 21)! Victor’s presence in Scotland gave him an alibi. Victor returned to the Continent and armed himself with pistols and a dagger (Chapter 22). Upon returning to Switzerland Elizabeth is murdered by strangulation (Chapter 23)! The creature escaped into the woods. Victor followed the creature by slight clues (Chapter 24). In time he went to the sea ice in the north. He found a ship trapped in the ice until it cracked free so they could return to England. But Victor died in his cabin. The creature showed up and announced his intention to end his life. And so it ends.

This is very different from the movies of the 1930's and 1940's. The story was adapted to reflect their times and simplified. One book said Frankenstein’s man-made monster that caused destruction symbolized the man-made Great Depression. What must be done to correct an economic depression? FDR and Congress sought a New Deal and passed many laws to reform the economy. Didn’t it make America great again?
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Victor grew up reading the works of Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, the alchemists of the time. Toss in a little natural philosophy (sciences) and you have the making of a monster. Or at least a being that after being spurned for looking ugly becomes ugly. So for revenge the creature decides unless Victor makes another (female this time) creature, that Victor will also suffer the loss of friends and relatives. What is victor to do? Bow to the wishes and needs of his creation? Or challenge it to the death? What would you do?

Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."

Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.

This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?