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Frankenstein (Classic Literature with Classical Music)

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Item description for Frankenstein (Classic Literature with Classical Music) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley...

Outline ReviewFrankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgnger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.

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Frankenstein's creation - a hideous figure with black lips and watery eyes - though human in his heart and mind, strikes fear and loathing into those who look on him. Despising his creator for bringing him into a hostile world, he vows to take his revenge.

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A collection of literature anthologies and reference books for Key Stage 3 onwards.

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Format: Abridged,   Audiobook
Studio: Naxos Audiobooks
Pages   37
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.5" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos Audiobooks
ISBN  9626340037  
ISBN13  9789626340035  

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More About Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wendy Steiner is the chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Scandal of Pleasure.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley lived in London. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in 1797 and died in 1851.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Barnes & Noble Classics
  2. Classic Starts
  3. Classics Library
  4. Modern Library (Paperback)
  5. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  6. Signet Classics
  7. Tor Classics
  8. Vintage Classics

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great story  Apr 23, 2008
i read this book right after dracula and well, it's definitely a good read and an edge of your seat thriller. it has stood the test of time in terms of it's theme and lesson.
I feel sorry...  Nov 18, 2007
for the people who hated this book and gave it poor reviews. Really missed out on what may be the greatest novel of all time. For me it's hard to put down. And the themes are deep and everlasting ones that humans will forever struggle with. Life and death, God vs science, good and evil, spiritual themes, and social ones also, all wrapped up in a GREAT story. Oh well, you can't expect everyone to get it and resonate with it.

One thing about this Rieger version: it says it "reproduces for the first time in more than a century the text of the first edition published in 1818". Not true. Donohue produced at least three editions (I have them) around 1895 that are all the 1818 text.
Just an FYI.

Believe the hype! This book is hard to surpass. I virtually never give 5 stars to ANYTHING. This deserves it.

Choose the 1818 version  Nov 12, 2007
Most editions of Mary Shelley's landmark book available today follow the heavily revised 1831 version. The impulse behind this trend is an honorable one (to present what is seemingly an author's "final revision"),but the 1818 version is preferable for many reasons. Looking back on her creation in later life, Shelley felt obliged to alter the book's focus in significant ways, adding what critic Marilyn Butler accurately describes as "long passages in which her main narrator, [Victor] Frankenstein, expresses religious remorse for making a creature..." The author sought to make the 1831 edition less controversial and thereby more palatable to the tastes of the reading public. The 1818 version is closer to Mary Shelley's original intentions, though it too, unfortunately, was filtered through the sensibilities of her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, who took many of his wife's rather straightforward passages and rendered them into his own more ornate and Ciceronian style. Still, the 1818 version remains more vital, more original, and less constrained by what the author believed would be acceptable to readers in 1830s England.
You've seen Karloff, now read the original  Oct 8, 2007
Once you read Shelley's classic you're going to scratch your head and wonder: Is this really the book that gave us the Karloff movie? Not to mention Herman Munster and Frankenberry. For over a century and half people have been cannibalizing this book for ideas, movies, other books, and products of every size, shape and type that our modern concept of Frankenstein holds little to no resemblence to the master work. While occasionally these bastardizations have had enjoyable results, like Young Frankenstein, it's criminal that so few people are unfamiliar with the source. Do yourself a favor and find out where it all came from. It's not nearly as creepy as you may think, but it's infinitely more thought provoking and it certainly doesn't hurt that this version is beautifully published at a very reasonable price.
Free SF Reader  Sep 3, 2007
It is pretty surprising that something come up with almost on a whim to
provide a diversion has come to be such an important text for two
genres, both horror and science fiction.

Victor Frankenstein's obsession with the creation of life ultimately ends in tragedy and death for those around him.


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