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Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

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A stunning new clothbound edition of Mary Shelley's infamous work of horror fiction, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. These delectable and collectible Penguin editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design

Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. This chilling gothic tale, begun when Mary Shelley was just nineteen years old, would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.

This edition also includes 'A Fragment' by Lord Byron and 'The Vampyre: A Tale' by John Polidori, as well as an introduction and notes

Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the daughter of pioneering thinkers Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, eloped with the poet Percy Shelley at the age of sixteen. Three years later, during a wet summer on Lake Geneva, Shelley famously wrote her masterpiece, Frankenstein . The years of her marriage were blighted by the deaths of three of her four children, and further tragedy followed in 1822, when Percy Shelley drowned in Italy. Following his death, Mary Shelley returned to England and continued to travel and write until her own death at the age of fifty-three.
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While stay-ing in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.
This Modern Library edition includes a new Introduction by Wendy Steiner, the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816. After Frankenstein, she wrote several novels, including Valperga and Falkner, and edited editions of the poetry of Shelley, who had died in 1822. Mary Shelley died in London in 1851.
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Mary Shelley was born in London in 1797, daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, famous radical writers of the day. In 1814, she met and soon fell in love with the then-unknown Percy Bysshe Shelley. In December 1816, after Shelley's first wife committed suicide, Mary and Percy married. They lived in Italy from 1818 until 1822, when Percy drowned, whereupon Mary returned to London to live as a professional writer of novels, stories, and essays until her death in 1851. Maurice Hindle is Senior Faculty Manager in Arts at London's Open University, where he also teaches literature. In addition to "Frankenstein," he has edited "Caleb Williams" and "Dracula "for Penguin Classics. Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books (U.K.), where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.

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Herausgeber Maurice Hindle
Seitenzahl 273
Erscheinungsdatum 03.10.2013
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-139339-1
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 20,5/13,3/3,2 cm
Gewicht 465 g
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Illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith
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Victor Frankenstein und sein künstlich geschaffenes Leben sind mit die wichtigsten Figuren des klassischen "gothic novels" und das zurecht. Gerade im englischen Original übt die Sprache der Autorin einen regelrechten Bann auf die Leser aus. Auch inhaltlich ist die Geschichte sehr gelungen, und weiß durch ihre vielseitigen, tragischen Victor Frankenstein und sein künstlich geschaffenes Leben sind mit die wichtigsten Figuren des klassischen "gothic novels" und das zurecht. Gerade im englischen Original übt die Sprache der Autorin einen regelrechten Bann auf die Leser aus. Auch inhaltlich ist die Geschichte sehr gelungen, und weiß durch ihre vielseitigen, tragischen Charaktere zu überzeugen, die auch den heutigen Leser noch stark emotional bewegen können

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Bereitet einfach Freude
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Stolberg (Rhld.) am 14.07.2012
Bewertet: Taschenbuch

Victor Frankenstein erschafft einen künstlichen Menschen, ohne zu ahnen, dass hierbei ein Monster entsteht. Bald muss er feststellen, dass es selbst vor Mord nicht zurückschreckt. Seiner Forderung, für ihn eine Gefährtin zu schaffen, will er nachkommen. Doch birgt dies nicht noch größere Gefahren? Mary Selley’s Buch “Frankenstein” hat mir ausgezeichnet... Victor Frankenstein erschafft einen künstlichen Menschen, ohne zu ahnen, dass hierbei ein Monster entsteht. Bald muss er feststellen, dass es selbst vor Mord nicht zurückschreckt. Seiner Forderung, für ihn eine Gefährtin zu schaffen, will er nachkommen. Doch birgt dies nicht noch größere Gefahren? Mary Selley’s Buch “Frankenstein” hat mir ausgezeichnet gefallen. Erzählt wird eine uns allen bekannte Geschichte. Anders als in vielen Hollywood-Klassikern dargestellt, berichtet das Werk der Autorin in wesentlichen Bereichen aus der Victor-Perspektive. Zweifel, Bedenken und Vorsichtsmaßnahmen aber auch die seelischen Rückschläge werden überzeugend dargestellt. “Frankenstein” ist ein Buch, das sich auch für Anfänger im Umgang mit klassischer populärer englischer Literatur eignet. Das Buch lässt sich flüssig lesen und macht einfach Freude. Keine Frage, es ist den günstigen Preis wert.

best gothic novel
von Twins am 10.12.2011
Bewertet: Taschenbuch

The Gothic novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley published in 1818 is one of her most famous books. I had to read it in the 12th grade for my English lessons. "Frankenstein" was written as an Epistolary novel. It begins with letters from a traveller called Walton to his beloved sister... The Gothic novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley published in 1818 is one of her most famous books. I had to read it in the 12th grade for my English lessons. "Frankenstein" was written as an Epistolary novel. It begins with letters from a traveller called Walton to his beloved sister Margaret. He tells her of his experiences on his trip to ???. Walton writes about meeting Victor Frankenstein whom he encounters during the expedition to the North Pole. Victor Frankenstein is in a really bad state of health. After a few days he starts to tell Walton his story and the reason for his dangerous journey over the ice which Walton recounts with enthusiasm to Margaret. Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist, had created a horrific being. He is scared of his creation because the "demon" makes his life hell. Victor's long story is the main plot of this book. It is very interesting for the readers to hear the extraordinary details of Frankenstein's life. Until the end the readers cannot decide if the creature is good or bad. This makes the book very exciting and you want to read right through to the end. The characters are described very well. You can feel with them and you can understand their reactions. The language used in "Frankenstein" was not that easy for me to read. The style of writing is 200 years old, so I had to get used to this old style. But after reading some pages I could follow most of the sentences. So all in all, "Frankenstein" from Mary Shelley is an absolutely readable book. I am glad to have had the chance to read such a classic novel. I give the book four stars out of five. I cannot give it five stars because sometimes I had to read passages more than once to understand their meanings. It's an exciting novel with suspense, you are not sure how it is going to end. I can recommend it.


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