Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Last Man
By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Last Man

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Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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'The last man! I may well describe that solitary being's feelings, feeling myself as the last relic of a beloved race, my companions extinct before me.' Mary Shelley, Journal (May 1824). Best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man eight years later, on returning to England from Italy after her husband's death. It is the twenty-first century, and England is a republic governed by a ruling elite, one of whom, Adrian, Earl of Windsor, has introduced a Cumbrian boy to the circle. This outsider, Lionel Verney, narrates the story, a tale of complicated, tragic love, and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague. The Last Man also functions as an intriguing roman a clef, for the saintly Adrian is a monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his friend Lord Raymond is a portrait of Byron. The novel offers a vision of the future that expresses a reaction against Romanticism, as Shelley demonstrates the failure of the imagination and of art to redeem her doomed characters. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199552351
ISBN-10: 0199552355
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 128mm x 23mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Annotated Frankenstein, Hardback (October 2012)

Published in 1818, Frankenstein has spellbound readers for generations and has inspired numerous retellings and sequels in every medium, making the myth familiar even to those who have never read a word of Mary Shelley's novel. This freshly annotated, illustrated edition illuminates the novel and its electrifying afterlife.

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Author Biography - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Morton D. Paley is Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-editor of Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly.

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