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Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus: The Original Two-Volume Novel of 1816-1817 from the Bodleian Library Manuscripts

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Going back to the unique draft manuscript of the text held in the Bodleian Library, Charles E. Robinson has teased out Percy Shelly's amendments, isolating them from the story in Mary Shelley's hand. Both texts - with and without Percy's interventions - are presented in this edition.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Bodleian Library
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Vanessa Wu
Oct 24, 2011 Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing
In 2008 the Mary Shelley scholar Charles E. Robinson prepared a specialist edition of Frankenstein that was published by the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. This edition made it possible, for the first time, to see what Mary Shelley actually wrote and to compare it with what was changed by her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Robinson presents both versions of the novel in this edition and adds extensive notes.

One thing I'll say at the outset is that many aspiring novelists could le
This book gives us the 1818 text as formed by Mary Shelley and her husband as well as the original text as written by the adolescent girl alone. Filled with spelling errors, grammatical flaws and missing or odd punctuation, this reveals the true origin of the Frankenstein story, one that might come as a real eye opener to people who know it only from the various movies. (Only the 1977 Terror of Frankenstein comes even close to the source material. It’s a Swedish-Irish version which makes a lot o ...more
J.D. Holman
This is an excellent edition of Frankenstein, as it has lots of information about the Shelleys and their lives during the making of Mary's classic piece, and also delineates what was in the original draft and what was added/changed/edited before the 1818 publication. Well worth a study.

The story overall is not bad. I quite hated Victor Frankenstein, though. He's perhaps as much an ass as Percy Shelley himself. What would you do when you've created a being and brought it to life? Go take a nap? T
Jun 17, 2015 h rated it really liked it
as that rarest of rarities, a novel of ideas, frankenstein succeeds spectacularly. as a plot- or character-driven thrill-fest, not so much. throw out everything you think you know about this story and the ride is enjoyably bizarre. (wtf vol ii? srsly?!) i had forgotten more than i ever knew about this book. looking forward to another reread when the annotated edition i've been working on comes out this fall.

one mark of an excellent novel: i want to reread "paradise lost" and jekyll & hyde n
Nov 19, 2012 Malcolm rated it it was amazing

For all Frankenstein fans who are both interested in its conception (!) and comparing the original with later version, word for word, this edition from Charles Robinson is invaluable. Compare the versions, side by side, and be amazed at how much influence Percy Shelley had on the the narrative flow and story of his wife's first and arguably best novel.
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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft ...more
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