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What is the link between Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein and the history and myth surrounding the barons Frankenstein - a respected German noble family that inhabited the Castle Frankenstein on the top of Magnet mountain near Darmstadt from the early Middle Ages. All is explored in this fascinating and highly detailed book by an expert on Eastern European History au ...more
Published April 1st 1997 by Robson Books (first published 1975)
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Cheryl Scott
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literary history readers, horror fans, 19th century gothic lit fans
This book is by Radu Florescu, who co-authored the more successful (and still in print) "In Search of Dracula."

In Search of Frankenstein is an investigation of the historical roots of the iconic Frankenstein, a story that was - famously - born in Mary Shelley's nightmare.

Because of the veritable treasure trove of historical and cultural information available to be mined as possible fodder for Bram Stoker's creation, the Dracula book is more likely to be enjoyed by the fans of that novel, wherea
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Much like his previous work, In Search of Dracula, the author works toward making the case that a real life figure was behind the famous fiction. Unlike that work, however, he doesn't quite succeed here. Though the story of the alchemist Conrad Dippel is a fascinating one, and the connection to a real Castle Frankenstein is well established, the author cannot commit more to the connection to the novel other than to say that it is "likely" that Mary Shelley had heard of him.
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Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Totally, totally interesting. So interesting that I was determined to finish it and kept it out of the library for something close to 9 weeks (renewed twice). I'm interested in analysis of Frankenstein because of it's links to the origins of Science Fiction (this books has an interesting argument over whether or not it qualifies as science fiction). There's a ton of detail about the geography and life events that inspired Mary Shelley. Her life was very, very weird and I'm starting to think that ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Give Radu his props, he went and dug up everything that could be found about Franky (unfortunately there just wasn't that much to find). Unlike his heartfelt familial connection to his ancestor Vlad Tepes Dracul that came through just fine in his 'In Search of Dracula' bestseller, Radu just did this one for the money. Still, it is the first serious book about Frankenstein mythos, the history of the story's creation, and the some of the cultural importance of the big guy. Like I said, give Radu h ...more
Joel Manuel
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good introduction to the story of the writing of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in 1816-18, including her possible influences (travel, science, literature, etc), the role of Percy Shelley in shaping the novel, and the way it has permeated print and film culture since its release. From the author of In Search of Dracula.
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Radu Florescu is a Romanian academic who holds the position of Emeritus Professor of History at Boston College. He was Director of the East European Research Center at Boston College, and also a professor of history.

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