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Frankenstein or `The Modern Prometheus'
The 1818 Text (Hardback)


Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
Editor: Nick Groom
Publisher: Oxford World Classics
RRP: £14.99, US $22.95
ISBN: 978 0 198 814047
Publication Date: 19 April 2018

The Oxford University Press releases Frankenstein or ‘The Modern Prometheus’: The 1818 Text, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley – Edited by Nick Groom, Professor of English at the University of Exeter. This new edition includes a 50-page Introduction, Select Bibliography (editions of Frankenstein, works written or edited by Mary Shelley, books on her life and background, literary criticism, medical science, horror and other categories), A Chronology of Mary Shelley 1797 to 1851, and Notes on the Standard 1931 edition. There are also Explanatory Notes throughout the text. For anyone who’s just arrived on holiday from Mars, Frankenstein follows the illicit experiments of a doctor of medicine to defy God and revive the dead using various body parts...

What more is there to say about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein except that it is a true literary all-time classic. Not only is it believed to be the first proper horror novel, but it is jam-packed full of moral dilemmas – the foremost being who is the true monster here, Frankenstein or his creation? Medical procedures are also put under the spotlight, as this was the time that ‘playing God’ was the accusation against new and inventive processes.

Everyone should have a copy of this novel on their bookshelf. It’s a solid release, with explanatory notes marked by regular asterisks (which I find a little distracting). Every new publication of this ground-breaking work should be celebrated. It could have been improved by binding it in leather and making the cover design more attractive, but you can’t have everything.


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