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Frankenstein Books and Editions


Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in 1816. The book was published in 1818. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster has been adapted into plays, films and comics. It has captivated our imagination, and affected our tales of monsters. Read more about Frankenstein.

1. Frankenstein - Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press
by Mary Shelley. Oxford. From the publisher: "'Frankenstein' is one of the classics of Gothic horror. For those who only know the tale by way of Hollywood, the novel provides a remarkable departure."

2. Frankenstein: A Norton Critical Edition

by Mary Shelley, J. Paul Hunter (Editor). W.W. Norton. From the publisher: "The text of this Norton Critical Edition is that of the 1818 first edition, published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones, in which only obvious typographical errors have been corrected."

3. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus - Dover

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Dover. From the publisher: "The world's most famous monster comes to life in this 1818 novel, a compelling narrative that combines Gothic romance and science fiction to tell of an ambitious young doctor's attempts to breathe life into an artificial man. Despite the doctor's best intentions, the experiment goes horribly wrong..."

4. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus - Brilliance

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Tom Casaletto (Narrator). Brilliance. From the publisher: "Dr. Frankenstein learns the secret of imparting life to inanimate matter. To test his theories, he collects bones from the charnel-houses to construct a "human" being, and then gives it life. The creature, endowed with supernatural size and strength, is revolting to look at, and frightens all who see it."

5. Frankenstein A Longman Cultural Edition

by Susan J. Wolfson. Longman Publishing Group. From the publisher: "This edition of 'Frankenstein,' or 'The Modern Prometheus,' presents Mary Shelley's remarkable novel in several provocative and illuminating contexts: cultural, critical, and literary."

6. Women, Science and Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance

by Debra Benita Shaw. Palgrave. From the publisher: "'Women Writing Science Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance' explores the relationship between women, science and fiction through an analysis of science fiction written by women from the turn of the century to the mid 1980s."

7. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein: Essays - Articles - Reviews

by Berthold Schoene-Harwood (Editor), Richard Beynon (Editor). Columbia University Press. From the publisher: "This Guide encapsulates the most important critical reactions to a novel that straddles the realms of both "high" literature and popular culture. The selections shed light on Frankenstein's historical and socio-political relevance..."

8. Mary Shelley's Fictions: From Frankenstein to Falkner

by Michael Eberle-Sinatra (Editor). Palgrave Macmillan. From the publisher: "An extraordinary wealth of new work by established and young scholars on both sides of the Atlantic emerged during Mary Shelley's recent bicentenary year. Michael Eberle-Sinatra has made a representative selection, focusing on current issues and theoretical approaches..."

9. A Routledge Literary SourceBook on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

by Timothy Morton (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "This sourcebook examines Mary Shelley's novel within its literary and cultural contexts, exploring the contexts from which Frankenstein emerged, the early reception of the novel, adaptation and performance of the work and recent criticism on it."
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10. Frankenstein Archive: Essays on the Monster, the Myth, the Movies

by Donald F. Glut. McFarland & Company. This book includes essays about the history of Frankenstein, including discussion of the comic book versions, the movies, and more.

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