Two Centuries of Frankenstein's Monster

Posted by Cybil on October 18, 2017



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"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Two hundred years ago, a novel by a young Mary Shelley became an instant bestseller. And for the last two centuries, readers have been mesmerized by Victor Frankenstein and his creature—a story of gothic horror and a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked science.

On New Year's Day 1818, Shelley's novel was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Since then, there have been many adaptations, including at least 120 films, as well as versions for TV, the stage, comics, and graphic novels.

In celebration of Frankenstein's longevity, a new art book, Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, looks at the work's influences across literature and cinema.

Colin Clive in James Whale's Frankenstein (1931).
Lynd Kendall Ward's woodcut illustrations for the book's 1934 New York edition.
Jack Pierce's makeup for Elsa Lanchester as the Bride was based on ideas from James Whale and Ernest Thesiger.
Elizabeth (Mae Clarke), lying across her bed, was featured in much of the American publicity for Frankenstein (1931).


Top image: Original French billboard poster by artist Jacques Faria (1931). All images ©Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years, published by Reel Art Press, 2017.

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message 1: by Will (new)

Will Byrnes This sounds like a wonderful read. Another is Roseanne Montillo's 2013 book, The Lady and her Monster, a very illuminating look at the elements that went into the writing of Frankenstein


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale There's also Susan Tyler Hitchcock's Frankenstein: A Cultural History.


message 3: by Jan (new)

Jan Wilson Frankenstein's monster is alive (and funny) in Bruce Golden's new book "Monster Town"Monster Town


BollywoodNewsFlash Well, this sounds quite interesting to read. Another one that also looks interesting to read is Monster Town. Looking forward to purchase them all! http://bollywoodnewsflash.com/


message 5: by Amber (last edited Oct 20, 2017 09:18AM) (new)

Amber Martingale Oh...yeah, the Creature is also a character in Will Hill's Department Nineteen series...as one of the heroes. He looks like the Boris Karloff version but sounds like the articulate and erudite version in the original novel.

And, here's an interesting video analyzing the book: Frankenstein - Thug Notes Summary and Analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcApm...

Let's not forget Alice Cooper's song, Feed my Frankenstein, either! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xC45...


message 6: by Midu (new)

Midu Hadi Will wrote: "This sounds like a wonderful read. Another is Roseanne Montillo's 2013 book, The Lady and her Monster, a very illuminating look at the elements that went into the writing of Frankenstein"

I loved that one! I am doing a whole Project Frankenstein on my blog, if anyone's interested.


message 7: by Janice (new)

Janice I'll just stick with Young Frankenstein, and The Munsters.


message 8: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Kresal Sounds like an interesting read as Frankenstein was one of my favorite reading experiences from high school. Just read The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters which covers that summer around Lake Geneva where Mary Shelly conceived the novel as well as Lord Byron's "friendship" (if it can be called that) with the Shelly's.


message 9: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Bryan Highly recommend this book


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Amber Martingale Kathy wrote: "Highly recommend this book


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Off topic. This is about the creation not the creator.


message 11: by J.S. (new)

J.S. Amber wrote: "There's also Susan Tyler Hitchcock's Frankenstein: A Cultural History."

I second Amber's recommendation of Frankenstein: A Cultural History - as well as the original, of course.


message 12: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons Amber wrote: "Oh...yeah, the Creature is also a character in Will Hill's Department Nineteen series...as one of the heroes. He looks like the Boris Karloff version but sounds like the articulate and erudite vers..."

Amber, thanks for the Thug Notes video, that was good, now I wonder did that guy read Frankenstein?


message 13: by Mark (new)

Mark More links:

FrankenLecture: "A Tale of Two Frankensteins"

https://youtu.be/UCb_CECKDAs

FrankenReads: An international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for Halloween 2018 organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America

http://frankenreads.org

and a look at the first edition

https://zsr.wfu.edu/2010/frankenstein...


message 14: by Megan (last edited Oct 23, 2017 10:30PM) (new)

Megan I loved the book versions of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, but hated the made-for-TV version he wrote (and later adapted into the first book).


message 15: by Sanny (new)

Sanny My current read! :)


message 16: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale J.S. wrote: "Amber wrote: "There's also Susan Tyler Hitchcock's Frankenstein: A Cultural History."

I second Amber's recommendation of Frankenstein: A Cultural History - as well as the original, ..."


Thanks.

Nancy, he pretty much has to in order to be able to deliver a good analysis. Check his analysis of Dracula: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juu-7... Another seasonally appropriate entry. I think he's read every book he's ever done an episode on.


message 17: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hammons Amber wrote: "J.S. wrote: "Amber wrote: "There's also Susan Tyler Hitchcock's Frankenstein: A Cultural History."

I second Amber's recommendation of Frankenstein: A Cultural History - as well as t..."


I watched that, I had a fairly aggravating day at work, that Dracula analysis was great. Thanks!


message 18: by Amber (new)

Amber Martingale You're welcome. And for a third seasonally appropriate video from him, check his analysis of The Raven.


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BollywoodNewsFlash I too loved your book about Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, but didnt like the made-for-TV version. Looking for more such versions.

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