Frankenstein (Oxford Children's Classics) by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein (Oxford Children's Classics)

Written by Mary Shelley
Part of the Oxford Children's Classics Series

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One of the most thought-provoking stories, this classic story of a scientific creation that takes matters into its own hands created a literary landmark. Although written almost two hundred years ago, it still raises fascinating issues about controlling life. Like many other scientists before and since, Victor Frankenstein is sure that he can create intelligent life. Working away in his laboratory, at last he succeeds but, little does he know how his creature will turn out. Chaos ensues when the monster turns against his maker. Written as a series of letters, Frankenstein is a gripping read and this unabridged edition gives the opportunity to enjoy it in full.

Why not check out Kenneth Oppel's This Dark Endeavour, which he has written as a prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein. 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey where dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten his quest at every turn and will change his life forever. The story follows Victor Frankenstein - together with his beloved cousin Elizabeth and reliable friend, Henry - on a desperate quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. It's an alluring story for young adult readers.


Frankenstein (Oxford Children's Classics) by Mary Shelley

If you love a good story, then look no further. Oxford Children's Classics bring together the most unforgettable stories ever told. They're books to treasure and return to again and again. Scientist Victor Frankenstein, is determined to create intelligent life. He works night and day on his experiment until at last he succeeds. Only then does he realize that what he has created is a monster. Abandoned by its maker and rejected by everyone it meets, the monster sets out to destroy Frankenstein and everything he holds dear.

About the Author

Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died of puerperal fever 10 days after giving birth to her daughter. Mary's labor lasted 18 hours and then it took four hours to remove the rest of the placenta. She was one of the first feminists, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and the novel The Wrongs of Woman, in which she wrote: "We cannot, without depraving our minds, endeavour to please a lover or husband, but in proportion as he pleases us." In the intellectual circles of London, her acquaintances included the painter Henry Fuseli, Erasmus Darwin, Charles's grandfather, and William Blake, who illustrated an edition of her book, Original Stories from Real Life.

Mary Shelley's father was the writer and political journalist William Godwin, who became famous with his work An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793). Godwin had revolutionary attitudes to most social institutions, including marriage. In feminism he found an "amazonian" element. Among his other books is Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794).

In her childhood Mary Shelley was left to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual circle, the critic Hazlitt, the essayist Lamb, the poet Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who came into Godwin's circle in 1812. Godwin took a second in 1801, but Mary never learned to like her. In 1812 Godwin sent her to live in Dundee. Mary published her first poem at the age of ten. At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with Shelley; they had met at the end of 1812. Percy and Mary married in 1816 - Shelley's wife Harriet had committed suicide by drowning. Their first child, a daughter, died in Venice, Italy, a few years later. In HISTORY OF SIX WEEKS TOUR (1817) the Shelleys jointly recorded their life. Thereafter they returned to England and Mary gave birth to a son, William.

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288 pages


Mary Shelley
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st August 2012




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