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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. Mary died in 1851 at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.
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  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    Perhaps the most famous gothic novel in all literature, this is the story of Dr. Frankenstein, his experiments that sought to produce human life, and his creation of the legendary monster. The attractive and rapidly growing Graphic Classics series uses the graphic novel format to introduce children to many of the world's greatest literary works. The atmospheric illustrations are of unusually high quality, and the narratives are paced to attract and hold young readers' interest. In addition to the story, each Graphic Classic features a brief biography summarizing its author's life, a list of his or her important works, a time line of historic events that helped inspire the story, general notes, and an index. These books make ideal introductions to the riches of world literature to junior and senior high school students--and especially to those young readers who are hesitant to delve into the books in their original form. All Graphic Classics are available in both paperback and hardcover editions.

    The Last Man

    The Last Man
    This apocalyptic tale by the author ofFrankensteinenvisions a future world devastated by plague. Misunderstood by contemporary readers, Mary Shelley's 1826 precursor to the science fiction novel has reemerged to critical acclaim. Its quasibiographical portraits of the author's Romantic-era cohorts, including Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, are of particular interest.

    Essays, Letters from Abroad, Translations and Fragments

    Essays, Letters from Abroad, Translations and Fragments
    This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

  • Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein, whose obsession with discovering "the cause of generation and life" leads him to assemble a human being from stolen body parts.

    Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley
    An outstanding collection by Shelley - the Romantic poet who penned more than a thousand pages of poetry in his entire life. He lives today through these works which enjoy enduring popularity. You will also feel the presence of his wife Mary Shelley who not only put together this anthology but also added her own notes, thus adding further flavour To The book. Delightful!

    Falkner

    Falkner
    A Novel

    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

    Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
    A masterpiece of nineteenth-century Gothic horror, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also has the distinction of being the first science-fiction novel. Dr. Victor Frankenstein, an ambitious young scientist, is consumed by a fanatic desire to create a living being. He fashions an eight-foot creature and succeeds in animating him but, horrified by his visage, perceives his creation to be a monster and frightens him away. The monster, wandering in search of human companionship, is spurned and repulsed by all he approaches and learns to hate and to kill. He confronts his maker with a terrible choice: unless Frankenstein creates for him a mate, he will go on a rampage of destruction.A subversive tale about the corrupt tendencies in humanity's most civilized ambitions, this haunting thriller maintains its hold in the collective imagination centuries after its first publication.

  • Proserpine and Midas

    Proserpine and Midas
    Two Unpublished Mythological Dramas
    Pros. Ino, you knew erewhile a River-God, Who loved you well and did you oft entice To his transparent waves and flower-strewn banks. He loved high poesy and wove sweet sounds, And would sing to you as you sat reclined.

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    The Modern Prometheus
    Victor Frankenstein was a brilliant and driven scientist with a passion for discovering the way the world worked. In a fit of madness, Frankenstein perfects a method for reanimating dead tissue, and uses it to form a creature. Terrified by his own creation, he is forced to face the consequences of creating a being with superhuman powers and a desperate need to be loved. Used countless times in movies, television, radio, cartoons, and more, Frankenstein is a wonderful morality tale that has established itself as one of the most well-known novels in the English language.

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and disformed, but he means no harm to anyone--until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge. This easy-to-read version of Mary Shelley's long-standing masterpiece easily captures the sadness and horror of the original.

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    An A+ Audio Study Guide

  • Maurice, or the Fisher's Cot

    Maurice, or the Fisher's Cot
    A Tale
    In November 1997, a slight book sewn together with string was discovered in a palazzo in Italy. This wasMaurice, the only children's story ever penned by Mary Shelley. Written two years afterFrankenstein,Mauriceis often read as a gloss of Shelley's personal family tragedies, bearing the same melancholy that distinguishes all of her works. As Claire Tomalin shows in her compelling introduction, it contributes greatly to the literary and biographical scholarship on this fascinating woman who was a significant writer in her own right as well as the wife of one of the world's greatest romantic poets.

    Frankenstein - Teacher's Edition

    Frankenstein - Teacher's Edition
    Literary Touchstone Classic
    You need a copy of the books you're teaching, but standard student editions just don't cut it. Get a leg up with new Literary Touchstone Teacher's Editions—the full text of a classic novel with notes for discussion, literary terms, background notes, and more.

    Frankenstein (Reader's World)

    Frankenstein (Reader's World)
    A young scientist has created a living being out of dead flesh and bone. His creation, however, turns out to be a frightful monster! Now, Victor Frankenstein must stop his creation before the monster’s loneliness turns to violence.

    Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. Annotated text with critical essays, chronology, bibliography and Filmography

    Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. Annotated text with critical essays, chronology, bibliography and Filmography

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading.-- Over 100 illustrations in each book

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    This revision of a widely adopted critical edition presents the 1831 text of Mary Shelley's English Romantic novel along with critical essays that introduce students to Frankenstein from contemporary psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, gender, and cultural studies perspectives. An additional essay demonstrates how various critical perspectives can be combined. In this second edition, three of the six essays are new.

    Frankenstein the Graphic Novel Original Text Hardback

    Frankenstein the Graphic Novel Original Text Hardback
    Conceived by Mary Shelley (wife of the famous poet Percy Shelley) on the banks of Lake Geneva in 1816, Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The book includes an illustrated Character List (like a Dramatis Personae), 124 pages of story artwork, and fascinating support material that details the remarkable and tragic life of Mary Shelley - all beautifully presented in color. Designed to encourage readers to enjoy classical literature, titles in the Classical Comics range stay true to the original vision of the authors. This title has been moderately and sympathetically abridged from the original text to fit within the graphic novel format. Despite that, all of the events of the book are represented, and all the captions and dialogue is taken from teh Shelley original prose novel. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who stumbles across a man in trouble at the North Pole, saving his life. That man is Victor Frankenstein, who tells Walton all about his experiments with the creation of life and how he came to be at the North Pole in the first place. Through this plot structure, Mary Shelley was able to deal with serious real-world issues, such as the need for acceptance, tolerance, and understanding despite differences, as well as the need for companionship and love among our basic human needs. The novel was of course, the inspiration and basis for the classic Boris Karloff movies, and more recently, the Frankenstein novels by Dean Koontz – however this Classical Comics publication, like all of their titles, remains true to the original novel. Frankenstein is one of Classical Comics best selling titles, and now this edition presents it into a library binding. To support the use of this title in the classroom, photocopiable teachers resources are available that offer lesson plans and activities from 6th grade and up: ISBN 978-1-906332-56-3

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft
    'Mary Maria' and Mary Shelley - 'Matilda'
    "Brings together the pwerful works of a mother/daughter combination... These novels will prove a foundation for any college-level course on literature and feminism." —The Bookwatch "A gripping tale of incestuous desire... vitalized by the powerful evocation of nature and the bolder passions of full-blown Romanticism." —Belles Lettres This volume for the first time brings together three extraordinary works of fiction by Mary Wollstonecraft, generally recognized as the mother of the feminist movement, and Mary Shelley.

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