By Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley's classic tale of the devastating consequences of playing God joins the SF Masterworks list.
Brilliant, driven Victor Frankenstein has at last realised his greatest ambition. The scientist has succeeded in creating intelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, Frankenstein realises he has made a monster. And, abandoned by its maker and shunned by everyone who sees it, the Doctor's creation sets out to destroy him and all that he holds dear.
Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written, a book that chillingly captures the unforeseen terror of playing God. And the heart-stopping fear of being pursued by a powerful, relentless killer.
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel FRANKENSTEIN: OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
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The first novel of the scientific revolution and, incidentally, the first novel of science fiction — Brian Aldiss
Frankenstein appeals to something very primal, but it's also about profound things, the very nature of life and death and birth — Kenneth Branagh
How many fictional characters have made the great leap from literature to mythology; how many creatures of sheer language have stepped from the rhythms of their author's idiosyncratic voices into what might be called a collective cultural consciousness? — Joyce Carol Oates
The greatest novel of the Romantic movement — Michael Dirda