Yes, Shelley's classic is scary, at times, but also very enlightening and fascinating. She has given as much depth to Frankenstein's creation as to Frankenstein himself.— Alyssa Christian
The chilling and tragic tale of Victor Frankenstein and the tortured creature he brings to life, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, remains one of the most widely read Gothic novels of our time. Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, Frankenstein is now available in a limited Olive Edition from HarperPerennial.
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, into a life of personal tragedy. In 1816, she married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and that summer traveled with him and a host of other Romantic intellectuals to Geneva. Her greatest achievement was piecing together one of the most terrifying and renowned stories of all time: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelley conceived Frankenstein in, according to her, “a waking dream.” This vision was simply of a student kneeling before a corpse brought to life. Yet this tale of a mad creator and his abomination has inspired a multitude of storytellers and artists. She died on February 1, 1851.