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Description - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror. Penguin Horror Series Penguin Horror is a collection of novels, stories, and poems by masters of the genre, curated by filmmaker and lifelong horror literature reader Guillermo del Toro. Included in the series are some of his favorites- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Raven- Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, The Things on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Haunted Castles- The Complete Gothic Stories by Ray Russell, and American Supernatural Tales, edited, by S. T. Joshi and featuring stories from Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert E. Howard, and Stephen King, alongside many others. Penguin Horror reminds us what del Toro writes in his series introduction; 'To learn what we fear is to learn who we are.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143122333
ISBN-10: 0143122339
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 142mm x 29mm)
Pages: 378
Imprint: Penguin USA
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley was born in London on 30 August 1797. Her mother, the celebrated feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, died a few days after her birth.Her father, William Godwin, a well-known anarchist and atheist writer, tutored Mary. In 1814, when she was sixteen, she fell in love with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and they eloped to France. In 1816 the couple travelled to Lake Geneva to spend the summer with the poet Byron. Mary was inspired to write Frankenstein after Byron arranged a ghost story competition during their stay. In the autumn of 1816 Shelley's pregnant wife drowned herself in the Serpentine in Hyde Park and Shelley immediately married Mary. The couple had four children together but only one son survived infancy. They lived in Italy until Percy's death in a boating accident in 1822. Mary continued to write until her death in London on 1 February 1851. She is buried in Bournemouth.

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