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Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Read...Discuss...Repeat!
October 2010 Selection: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus
By: Mary Shelley
Copyright: 1818


About the Book:

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.

Mary Shelley's chilling gothic tale was conceived when she was only eighteen, living with her lover Percy Shelley near Byron's villa on Lake Geneva.

It would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction and is often considered the first true science fiction novel, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity, morality and scientific hubris.

Related Web sites:

Reading Guide and Discussion Questions from

Wikipedia page for the novel Frankenstein including links to multiple online editions in both print and audio

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Chronology and Resource Site

The complete story online, at

The novel, at Project Gutenberg

Mary Shelley entry at -- numerous research/resource links

If You Like Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Try:

The Last Man
By: Mary Shelley. 1826.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
By: Victor Hugo. 1831.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
By: Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886.

The Island of Dr. Moreau
By: H.G. Wells. 1896.

By: Bram Stoker. 1897.

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
By: Dean Koontz. 2005.

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