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Frankenstein (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   273
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.7" Width: 5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2003
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0141439475  
EAN  9780141439471  

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Item Description...
Presents the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.

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The world's most famous work of horror fiction: a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity
Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Based on the third edition of 1831, this Penguin Classics edition, with an introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle, contains all the revisions Mary Shelley made to her story, as well as her 1831 introduction and Percy Bysshe Shelley's preface to the first edition. It also includes as appendices a select collation of the texts of 1818 and 1831 together with "A Fragment" by Lord Byron and Dr John Polidori's "The Vampyre: A Tale."
For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The daughter of Mary Wollestonecraft, the ardent feminist and author of A Vindication on the Right of Women, and William Goodwin, the Radical-anarchist philosopher and author of Lives of the Necromancers, Mary Goodwin was born into a freethinking, revolutionary household in London on August 30,1797. Educated mainly by her intellectual surroundings, she had little formal schooling and at sixteen eloped with the young poet Percy Bysshe Shelly; they eventually married in 1816.
Mary Shelly's life had many tragic elements. Her mother died giving birth to Mary; her half-sister committed suicide; Harriet Shelly-Percy's wife dr5owned heself and her unborn child after he ran off with Mary' William Goodwin disowned Mary and Shelly after the elopement, but-heavily in debt-recanted and came to them for money; Mary's first child died soon after its birth; and in 1822 Percy Shelly drowned in the Gulf of La Spezia-when Mary was not quite twenty-five.
Mary Shelly recalled that her husband was -forever inciting- her to -obtain literary reputation.- But she did not begin to write seriously until the summer of 1816, when she and Shelly we in Switzerland, neighbor to Lord Byron. One night following a contest to compose ghost stories, Mary conceived her masterpeicve. Frankenstein. After Shelly's death she continued to write Valperga (1823), The Last Man (1826), Ladore (1835), and Faulkner (1837), in addition to editing he husband's works. In 1838 she began to work on his biography, but owing to poor health she completed only a fragment.
Although she received marriage proposals from Trelawney, John Howard Payne, and perhaps Washington Irving, Mary Shelly never remarried. -I want to be Mary Shelly on my tombstone, - she is reported to have said. She died on February 1, 1851, survived by he son, Percy Florence.

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Frankenstein for the Kindle  May 24, 2010
I purchased this for my husband because he's going through a bunch of the classics and re-reading them. This book was easy to find and very affordable.
One of my favorites  May 3, 2010
This novel is one of my all-time favorite books. I was surprised by the humanity of the Monster; the traditional portrayal of Frankenstein is usually a bumbling stumbling monster, and Mary Shelley's real creation is nothing of the sort. The book is exciting, thought-provoking, and holds your attention until the very end. Read it on a stormy day.
DO NOT BUY. "CreateSpace provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads and MP3s on-demand on this site and other retailers without setup fees or inventory."

This book is a ripoff version (public domain). If you need to read this book for a class, stick with NORTON, PENGUIN,--any of the big-name publishers. Take it from someone who bought a version while looking to save money for her students. Someone is looking to cash in on Mary Shelley's name and work.
Wonderful invention, but stylistically flawed  Apr 25, 2010
I read Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein for the first time after reading Peter Ackroyd's 2008 retelling of her story in The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. I had not really loved Ackroyd's version despite finding it clever and well-written. I found the protagonist, Dr. Frankenstein, very unsympathetic since Ackroyd failed to account for his obsession with creating life. The story failed to reach me emotionally despite Frankenstein's torment and emotional turmoil after his creature commits several murders and then demands that Frankenstein create a bride for him in exchange for his going far away and committing no further crimes. Frankenstein was so unappealing, that I didn't really care about his suffering.

So, I decided to read Shelley's version in the hope that it would be better. Unfortunately, I found that Frankenstein's inexplicable obsession is also a problem in the original. I actually like Ackroyd's version more than Shelley's. While Shelley deserves the credit for her imaginative creation of the Frankenstein tale, her writing style is excessively romantic and melodramatic. While that is a reflection of the dominant currents in European literature at the beginning of the 19th century, I found long stretches of her story dull and pathetic. The best part of her version is the part when the creature narrates his life story from his birth to his reunion with Dr. Frankenstein many months later. Ackroyd's style is obviously much more modern.

While Shelley and Ackroyd both portray Victor Frankenstein as being distraught after each new murder committed by the creature, his emotions came too late to engender any sympathy for him on my part. The lack of any real motivation for his obsession with creating life is a serious flaw in the story. It would have made much more sense if Shelley had done something like having Frankenstein's sister die a young death and then vow to learn how to resurrect dead people so he can eventually bring her back to life. Then, his motivation would have been driven by love rather than intellectual curiosity. On the other hand, while that would have made Frankenstein's motivations more understandable to readers, it might have gone against Shelley's desire to criticize science when practiced for its own sake. In Shelley's version, the creature is much more sympathetic than Frankenstein, despite his crimes.

Some readers will find Shelley's overly indulgent style difficult to put up with and might not want to finish reading the book. My suggestion to those readers is to just read the creature's narrative of his life to Frankenstein in the middle of the book (chapters 10 to 17). Shelley's writing is much better here and the story within the story is truly heart-wrenching.

I should note that my review is based on an old out-of-print version. So, I have not said anything about the large number of essays in the Norton version. Based on my past experience with Norton editions of classic literature, I am confident that the essays will be quite interesting to readers who want to go beyond the actual story.

Playing God  Apr 18, 2010
The opening words of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley tell us that we're in for a great ride. And a great ride it is indeed. Filled with lust, confusion, anger, vengeance, pain, death, and most importantly, life, Frankenstein is a work of art that has enthralled readers for almost two centuries, since its publishing date in the year 1818.

At the beginning of our story, we're introduced to Robert Walton through his letters to his sister, Margaret Saville. We learn that he is about to embark on a journey that will take him to the top of the world, the northern pole. He excitedly describes the stages he progresses through as he prepares for his trek, but with one complaint. Robert Walton yearns for a friend to share his travels, excitement, and passion for knowledge with.

Not too many pages later, we encounter a strange man who joins Walton on his ship near the north pole. This stranger proves to be a friend to Walton, but not quite the friend he was originally yearning for. When the stranger learns of Walton's desire to explore and gain large amounts of knowledge possessed by few others, he tells us his story in an attempt to dissuade Walton from continuing his voyage. The stranger tells us of his life as Victor Frankenstein, creator of the most horrendous monster ever to disgrace the whole of earth with his presence.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale written by Mary Shelley. I loved the book as was captivated from the moment I flipped the pages to "Letter 1". I would recommend this book to any person who is interested in science and the consequences of playing God.

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