Frankenstein, Second Edition

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Broadview Press, Sep 13, 1999 - Fiction - 364 pages
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Mary Shelley's deceptively simple story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature he brings to life, first published in 1818, is now more widely read—and more widely discussed by scholars—than any other work of the Romantic period. From the creature's creation to his wild lament over the dead body of his creator in the Arctic wastes, the story retains its narrative hold on the reader even as it spins off ideas in rich profusion. Macdonald and Scherf's edition of Frankenstein has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding edition of the novel—for the general reader and the student as much as for the scholar. The editors use as their copy-text the original 1818 version, and detail in an appendix all of Shelley's later revisions. They also include a range of contemporary documents that shed light on the historical context from which this unique masterpiece emerged. Macdonald and Scherf have now revised and updated their introduction, notes and bibliography, and have added new documents (including a review of Frankenstein by Percy Shelley).
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
11
A Note on the Text
39
A Brief Chronology
43
Frankenstein or The Modem Prometheus
45
The Education of Mary Shelley
245
The Education of Victor Frankenstein
264
The Education of The Monster
276
Reviews of Frankenstein
300
Presumption excerpt
313
Substantive Variants in the 1831 Edition
316
Introduction 1831
353
Works CitedRecommended Reading
360
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The late D.L. Macdonald was a professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. Kathleen Scherf is professor and Dean of General Studies at the University of Calgary; both have published widely, and they have also collaborated on an edition of Wollstonecraft's The Vindications for this series.

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