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Frankenstein

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

En la residencia que el gran poeta Lord Byron tenía en Suiza, vivieron durante algún tiempo la autora Y su esposo. A Lord Byron se le ocurrió, como pasatiempo, que todos los que vivían en su casa escribieran una historia de horror. La de Mary Godwin fue la de más fortuna, y, con el título de "Frankenstein o el moderno Prometeo", fue publicada en 1818 con un prólogo de su amante Shelley, posteriormente su marido. En 1831, cuando Mary Godwin, ya viuda de Shelley, publicó la segunda edición de su novela, suprimió algunos pasajes que podrían parecer algo atrevidos. La obra tiene un marco literario, histórico y social, que corresponde con lo que podríamos llamar "la bohemia romántica", formada por escritores y artistas más bien iconoclastas con respecto a los valores y costumbres de la época. Es muy posible que Mary Shelley tuviera una vaga intención crítica al mismo tiempo que presentaba, de manera bastante pesimista, una visión utópica costumbres y educación alternativas. Muy importante es considerar que el monstruo es bueno, pero se hace malo al ser injustamente rechazado. Además, había un elemento de fe en el progreso científico que es muy típico de ese tiempo. No olvidemos que el italiano Luigi Galvani había descubierto hacia 1790 lo que se creyó entonces una especie de carga eléctrica animal, que se llamó galvanismo, y que Alessandro Volta, hacia 1800, pudo demostrar con su famosa pila que las descargas eléctricas provocaban contracciones musculares, también en cadáveres. Esa clase de experimentos, popularizados, causaron una profunda impresión en los públicos de entonces. En la novela de Mary Shelley, la electricidad es necesaria para dar vida al monstruo compuesto de miembros y órganos de cadáveres, y en las películas sobre el tema se utilizan, además de máquinas que no existían en la época de Mary Shelley, las descargas atmosféricas de una noche tormentosa.

Frankenstein

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Larry Weinberg Ken Barr

Victor Frankenstein makes a giant monster out of dead bodies. The monster just wants to be loved, but what happens when the monster can't get what he wants?

Frankenstein (An Adapted Classic)

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Emily Hutchinson

From the Book Jacket: AN EXCERPT FROM FRANKENSTEIN : Just then, I saw the figure of a man climbing toward me. He was moving with superhuman speed. As he came closer, I saw that it was the wretch whom I had created. I trembled with rage and horror. "Devil!" I exclaimed. "Do you dare approach me? Do you not fear my vengeance? Begone! Or rather, stay, so I may trample you to dust!" "I expected such a welcome," said the creature. "Yet you are my creator. It is your fault that I am so wretched. You are bound to me until death. You want to kill me? How dare you sport thus with life? Do your duty to me and I will do mine to you." "Hated monster! Come closer so I may put out the spark of life I so foolishly gave you!" "I have no wish to harm you. I am your creature, and you owe me something. Oh, Frankenstein, everywhere I see happiness that I alone cannot have. I was good, but misery made me a fiend. Make me happy, and I shall again be good." ENJOY THESE OTHER ADAPTED CLASSICS FROM GLOBE FEARON: Gulliver's Travels Ethan Frome The Canterbury Tales Heart of Darkness Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The Call of the Wild . � The Red Badge of Courage A Christmas Carol Les Miserables Tom Sawyer Jane Eyre A Tale of Two Cities The Odyssey Treasure Island Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl An Edgar Allan Poe Reader Great Expectations The Scarlet Letter

Frankenstein (Adapted Version)

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Each story complete in few pages, has been painstakingly adapted to retain the integrity of the original work. Each provides the reader a sense of the author's style and an understanding of the novel's theme.

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Classic horror story. Victor Frankenstein is obsessed with creating life. His botched creature sets out to destroy Frankenstein, and all he holds dear.

The Last Man

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Shelley's third novel grew out of the atmosphere of disillusionment and apocalypsecism of the early 1820s. Her story here incorporates elements of fantasy, allusion, conventional themes, and autobiography. McWhir's contribution reaches beyond annotation, introduction, and contextualization to references to other influential works of the time, notably Thomas Malthus' theories on the adequacy of the food supply.

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