Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's immensely powerful contribution to
the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron devised one
wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of
natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a
creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific
consequences. Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared
innovations of evolutionism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary
disease, and mankind's status as a species of animal. The text used
here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking expose' of
leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing
humanity its choice - to live co-operatively or to die of
selfishness. Drawing on new research, Marilyn Butler examines the
novel in the context of the radical sciences, which were developing
among much controversy, and shows how Frankenstein's experiment
relates to a contemporary debate between the champions of
materialist science and of received religion.
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
||279 x 215 x 12mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
Genre fiction >
Horror & ghost stories
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