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ISBN-10: 0198814046
ISBN-13: 9780198814047
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 06/01/2018
Dimensions: 8.70" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H

Frankenstein: Or `The Modern Prometheus’: The 1818 Text

Editor: Nick Groom

Hardcover

Price: $22.95

Overview

Frankenstein is the most celebrated horror story ever written. It tells the dreadful tale of Victor Frankenstein, a visionary young student of natural philosophy, who discovers the secret of life. In the grip of his obsession he constructs a being from dead body parts, and animates this creature. The results for Victor and for his family are catastrophic.

Written when Mary Shelley was just eighteen, Frankenstein was inspired by the ghost stories and vogue for Gothic literature that fascinated the Romantic writers of her time. She transformed these supernatural elements into an epic parable that warned against the threats to humanity posed by accelerating technological progress.

Published for the 200th anniversary, this edition, based on the original 1818 text, explains in detail the turbulent intellectual context in which Shelley was writing, and also investigates how her novel has since become a byword for controversial practices in science and medicine, from manipulating ecosystems to vivisection and genetic modification. As an iconic study of power, creativity, and, ultimately, what it is to be human, Frankenstein continues to shape our thinking in profound ways to this day.

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Ranked #24 in Newsweek's Top 50 Books You Should Read to Understand the Way We Live Now


The select bibliography by M.K. Joseph is of benefit to our students.–Dr. Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College


This has proved ideal for my Freshman class...compact, inexpensive, clearly printed with margins big enough to scribble in!–Hilary Kaplan, University of California and Los Angeles


The best general edition of this classic text in terms of text, notes, and general design.–Barry M. Katz, Stanford University


Indispensable for the study of Shelley's Frankenstein.–Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan


Marilyn Butlers introduction was comprehensive and informative and provided a valuable background for my general intro to lit students. The inclusion of the apprndices was also useful and thought-provoking.–Stephanie Wardrop, Colorado State University


The select bibliography by M.K. Joseph is of benefit to our students.–Dr. Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College


This has proved ideal for my Freshman class...compact, inexpensive, clearly printed with margins big enough to scribble in!–Hilary Kaplan, University of California and Los Angeles


The best general edition of this classic text in terms of text, notes, and general design.–Barry M. Katz, Stanford University


Indispensable for the study of Shelley's Frankenstein.–Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan


Marilyn Butlers introduction was comprehensive and informative and provided a valuable background for my general intro to lit students. The inclusion of the apprndices was also useful and thought-provoking.–Stephanie Wardrop, Colorado State University


The most brilliantly comprehensive introduction to Frankenstein that I have ever read. Even if you've read the book ... you have to buy this finely produced OUP annotated edition to enjoy Nick Groom's distillation of Frankenstein's ideas and challenges: especially so as this is the first raw 1818 edition. - Magonia Review


Wonderful. - Dr. Oliver Tearle, Interesting Literature


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Details

ISBN-10: 0198814046
ISBN-13: 9780198814047
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 06/01/2018
Dimensions: 8.70" L, 5.50" W, 1.20" H
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