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Frankenstein (1818) - Mary Shelley

Related: 1800s literature - 1818 - monster - James Whale (US film director) - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - science fiction novel - British literature

Richard Davenport Hines has called Frankenstein gothic literature's most enduring parable of French revolutionary excess.

Boris Karloff in James Whale's 1931 Frankenstein
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I shall die. I shall no longer feel the agonies which now consume me, or be the prey of feelings unsatisfied, yet unquenched. He is dead who called me into being; and when I shall be no more the very remembrance of us both will speedily vanish. I shall no longer see the sun or stars, or feel the winds play on my cheeks.

Las Chinchillas (1799) - Goya
This Goya print may have been the inspiration for Boris Karloff's look in the 1931 Frankenstein film.

Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in James Whale's 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein
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Frankenstein's monster

Frankenstein's monster (sometimes Frankenstein's creature or the Frankenstein monster) is a creature first appearing in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. In the novel it has no name and is variously referred to as "the creature," "the fiend," or "the wretch." After the novel was adapted to film, the monster became best known in popular imagination as "Frankenstein". However this was incongruous with the original novel—Frankenstein was the name of the creature's creator, and not the monster itself. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein%27s_monster [Mar 2006]

Frankenstein (1818) - Mary Shelley

Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus (1818) - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley [Amazon.com]

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. First published in London in 1818 (but more often read in the revised third edition of 1831), it is an early example of science fiction and steampunk. Some (led by Brian Aldiss) claim that it is the first science fiction novel.

The story, begun one "wet, ungenial summer" when the author was just 17, had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and movies.

The name Frankenstein is often used incorrectly to refer to Frankenstein's Monster rather than to its fictional creator. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein [Mar 2005]

see also: Monster - Mary Shelley - novel

Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) - Paul Morrissey

  • Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) - Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti [Amazon.com]

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