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Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley (August 30th, 1797-February 1st, 1851) is considered one of the greatest writers of her time.
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Mary Shelley (August 30th, 1797-February 1st, 1851) is considered one of the greatest writers of her time.
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  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    A stunning new clothbound edition of Mary Shelley's infamous work of horror fiction designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith 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.

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    Or, The Modern Prometheus
    At the age of eighteen, Mary Shelley, while staying in the Swiss Alps with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, conceived the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life. The resulting book, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a dark parable warning against the risks of scientific and creative endeavor, the corrupting influence of technology and progress, and the dangers of knowledge without understanding. Frankenstein was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818 and has long been regarded as a masterpiece of suspense, a classic of nineteenth-century Romanticism and Gothic horror, and the prototype of the science fiction novel. Though it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations, it remains the most powerful story of its kind.

    Mathilda

    Mathilda
    But my father, my beloved and most wretched father... Would he never overcome the fierce passion that now held pitiless dominion over him? With its shocking theme of father-daughter incest, Mary Shelley’s publisher—her father, known for his own subversive books—not only refused to publish Mathilda, he refused to return her only copy of the manuscript, and the work was never published in her lifetime. His suppression of this passionate novella is perhaps understandable—unlike her first book, Frankenstein, written a year earlier, Mathilda uses fantasy to study a far more personal reality. It tells the story of a young woman whose mother died in her childbirth—just as Shelly’s own mother died after hers—and whose relationship with her bereaved father becomes sexually charged as he conflates her with his lost wife, while she becomes involved with a handsome poet. Yet despite characters clearly based on herself, her father, and her husband, the narrator’s emotional and relentlessly self-examining voice lifts the story beyond autobiographical resonance into something more transcendent: a driven tale of a brave woman’s search for love, atonement, and redemption. It took more than a century before the manuscript Mary Shelley gave her father was rediscovered. It is published here as a stand-alone volume for the first time. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

    Frankenstein; Dracula; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    Frankenstein; Dracula; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
    Three horror classics—with an introduction by Stephen King Some of literature’s most popular and enduring horror icons in one indispensable tome. @NotoriousDOC Just did a bit-torrent-style grave robbery. My new ‘man’ will be an artful collage. Also, good conversation starter. It’s alive! I’d better beat it over the head repeatedly with a fire extinguisher. So sometimes you build something, and it gets away. They’re gonna can me at the university if they find out about this. From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less

  • The Original Frankenstein

    The Original Frankenstein
    Working from the earliest surviving draft of Frankenstein, Charles E. Robinson presents two versions of the classic novel—as Mary Shelley originally wrote it and a subsequent version clearly indicating Percy Shelley’s amendments and contributions. For the first time we can hear Mary’s sole voice, which is colloquial, fast-paced, and sounds more modern to a contemporary reader. We can also see for the first time the extent of Percy Shelley’s contribution—some 5,000 words out of 72,000—and his stylistic and thematic changes. His occassionally florid prose is in marked contrast to the directness of Mary’s writing. Interesting, too, are Percy’s suggestions, which humanize the monster, thus shaping many of the major themes of the novel as we read it today. In these two versions of Frankenstein we have an exciting new view of one of literature’s greatest works.

    CliffsComplete Frankenstein

    CliffsComplete Frankenstein
    In the CliffsComplete guides, the novel's complete text and a glossary appear side-by-side with coordinating numbered lines to help you understand unusual words and phrasing. You'll also find all the commentary and resources of a standard CliffsNotes for Literature. CliffsComplete Frankenstein  is certainly Mary Shelley’s greatest literary achievement and one of the most complex literary works of all time. Unlike most Romantic writers, Mary Shelley seems interested in the dark, self-destructive side of human reality and the human soul. Discover how Dr. Frankenstein’s creation impacts everyone he meets — and save yourself valuable studying time — all at once. Enhance your reading of Frankenstein with these additional features: A summary and insightful commentary for each chapter Bibliography and historical background on the author, Mary Shelley A look at the historical context and structure of the novel Discussions on the novel’s symbols and themes A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Review questions, a quiz, discussion topics (essay questions), activity ideas A ResourceCenter full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Streamline your literature study with all-in-one help from CliffsComplete guides!

    Three Gothic Novels

    Three Gothic Novels
    The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; Frankenstein
    The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings. This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the genre and the most truly Gothic of the three. Vathek (1786), an oriental tale by an eccentric millionaire, exotically combines Gothic romanticism with the vivacity of The Arabian Nights and is a narrative tour de force. The story of Frankenstein (1818) and the monster he created is as spine-chilling today as it ever was; as in all Gothic novels, horror is the keynote.

    Classics Illustrated Deluxe #3: Frankenstein

    Classics Illustrated Deluxe #3: Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley’s original novel, “Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus” is not only a masterwork of horror, but it’s also considered to be one of the earliest science fiction stories ever.  Even today, its themes of man exerting god-like powers in order to create life from death remain a passionately debated topic as modern science continues its experiments with cloning, DNA, and stem cells.  Marion Mousse brings the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his tragic monster to frightening new life in this all-new comics adaptation, with dark and brooding artwork that appeals to today’s fans of cutting-edge graphic novels.  With the greater page length the CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE provides, so much more of the original novel is part of the adaptation, which quite possibly makes this the best comics version yet.

  • Mary; Maria; Matilda

    Mary; Maria; Matilda
    This book brings together three extraordinary novels by an extraordinary pair, Mary Wollstonecraft, radical feminist and author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and Mary Shelley, her daughter, author of Frankenstein. In Mary (1788), Mary Wollstonecraft explores the position of an alienated intellectual woman and, in portraying her struggle against the constraints of a claustrophobic feminine world, began a line that would include the more substantial heroines of Jane Eyre and Villette. In the posthumously published Maria (1798) she continues in fiction the arguments of the Vindication. Mary Shelley wrote Matilda in 1819, while in mourning for her first son. William Godwin, Mary's father, found its subject of father-daughter incest so 'disgusting and detestable' that he refused to publish it and the work remained suppressed for over a century. In her illuminating introduction to this edition Janet Todd explores how these novels are linked, not only through the mother-daughter relationship of their authors, but in their perceptions of feminism and female sexuality and in their autobiographical richness.

    The Pilgrims

    The Pilgrims
    In the title story, a knight living alone in his isolated mountain fortress shows hospitality toward two pilgrims who appear from the mountains seeking shelter. Entreated to tell them of his sorrow, the knight unburdens himself and relates a tragic tale of love and loss. Resigned to the bitter fate that life has dealt him, the knight is unaware of the true nature of the two young people’s pilgrimage, until a revelation transforms his understanding of his past and reveals the possibility of a new future. Four other short stories by Shelley are also included: "The Dream," "The False Rhyme," "The Invisible Girl," and "The Mourner."

    Transformation

    Transformation
    A macabre, sinister, and supernatural tale, Mary Shelley’s Transformation is a masterpiece of Gothic writing. Having squandered his wealth, Guido returns to claim the hand of the celestial Juliet, but finds himself censured by her father. Petulant at his chastisement, his Byronic temperament gets the better of him, and he is punished with banishment. As he plots his revenge, he witnesses a mighty tempest, and from the raging sea emerges a strange figure. Initially repelled by the dwarfish form before him, the true horror soon strikes him: he and the dwarf are one. As their identities become increasingly merged, Transformation takes its place in the history of Doppelgänger literature. It appears here with two other stories by Shelley: The Mortal Immortal and The Evil Eye. Novelist and short-story writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is best known for Frankenstein.

    Puffin Graphics: Frankenstein

    Puffin Graphics: Frankenstein
    Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to createintelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has constructed a monster. Abandoned by its maker and shunned by everyone who sees it, the monster turns on its creator and haunts Dr. Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth. Artist Frazer Irving's cinematic and moving portrayal of the doctor and his creation is sympathetic and powerful.

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi

    Classic Radio Sci-Fi
    Five Full Cast Radio Dramatizations
    These five groundbreaking stories, each exploring different aspects of the science fiction genre, had a huge impact when first released and continue to surprise and enthrall today. With introductory sleeve notes recounting the making of the radio adaptations, and evocative soundtracks that convey all the suspense and excitement of the original stories, this is a box set every lover of science fiction should own. Five seminal science fiction classics are brought vividly to life in these gripping BBC Radio dramatizations, with casts including Robert Glenister, William Gaunt, Carleton Hobbs, and Gerald Harper. The stories include: Frankenstein, The Time Machine, The Lost World, R.U.R., and Solaris.

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary; Maria / Mathilda

    Mary; Maria / Mathilda
    With two stories written by the feminist writer of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and a third story written by her daughter, the author of the classic Frankenstein, this compilation of Romantic tales provides insight into the lives of women in the 19th century. Exploring female identity and subjectivity, these stories focus on the claustrophobia produced by the conventional household and by a woman's expected role within it. With a good dose of social consciousness, these stories are sure to both entertain and educate readers of the 21st century as they did those in the past. Incluyendo dos cuentos escritos por la escritora feminista de "Vindicación de los derechos de la mujer" y un tercer cuento por su hija, la autora del clásico Frankenstein, esta compilación de cuentos del romanticismo arroja luz sobre la situación de las mujeres durante el siglo XIX. Explorando la identidad y subjetividad femenina, estas historias se enfocan sobre la claustrofobia causada por el hogar convencional y por el papel dentro del mismo que se espera que la mujer desempeñe. Con una buena dósis de conciencia social, estas historias entretendrán y educarán a lectores del siglo XXI tal como lo hicieron con los del pasado.

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