Frankenstein, originally published in 1818, is Mary Shelley's first novel and was published when she was only twenty years of age. It tells the story of the brilliant young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who discovers the 'principle of life' and brings into being, with catastrophic consequences, the grotesque but pitiful creature that has since become renowned throughout the world. The novel was an immediate popular success, and is generally considered a landmark work of gothic literature. Thought-provoking, tragic, and supremely influential, Frankenstein is a must for any reader interested in love and ambition, the nature of life, and early science fiction.
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Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image ... but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.Book Description:
A collection of literature anthologies and reference books for Key Stage 3 onwards.
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