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Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus (Oxford World's Classics)
 
 

Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley , M. K. Joseph

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"The select bibliography by M.K. Joseph is of benefit to our students."--Dr. Darlene J. Alberts, Ohio Dominican College
"This has proved ideal for my Freshman class...compact, inexpensive, clearly printed with margins big enough to scribble in!"--Hilary Kaplan, University of California and Los Angeles
"The best general edition of this classic text in terms of text, notes, and general design."--Barry M. Katz, Stanford University
"Indispensable for the study of Shelley's Frankenstein."--Eric Rabkin, University of Michigan
"Marilyn Butlers introduction was comprehensive and informative and provided a valuable background for my general intro to lit students. The inclusion of the apprndices was also useful and thought-provoking."--Stephanie Wardrop, Colorado State University

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'In this new edition of Mary Shelley's classic work, Butler ... sets the work in its historical and intellectual context. She shows in details why the 1818 edition should be preferred to the third edition of 1831, on which most modern editions are based, revealing the 1818 version to be wittier, more clever, and harder-edged than the pious version which is more familiar.' - Reference and Research Book News 'The first appendix, detailing the differences between the editions, is useful for Shelley scholars, and Butler's work on scientific debate nicely counterpoints and complements other recent work, which has tended to concentrate on more specifically feminist, social and political issues.' - Emma McEvoy, Goldsmith's College, University of London

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reprint edition (14 Aug 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003N2P426
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Cursed, cursed creator." 9 Sep 2014
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Victor grew up reading the works of Paracelsus, Agrippa, and Albertus Magnus, the alchemists of the time. Toss in a little natural philosophy (sciences) and you have the making of a monster. Or at least a being that after being spurned for looking ugly becomes ugly. So for revenge the creature decides unless Victor makes another (female this time) creature, that Victor will also suffer the loss of friends and relatives. What is victor to do? Bow to the wishes and needs of his creation? Or challenge it to the death? What would you do?

Although the concept of the monster is good, and the conflicts of the story well thought out, Shelly suffers from the writing style of the time. Many people do not finish the book as the language is stilted and verbose for example when was the last time you said, "Little did I then expect the calamity that was in a few moments to overwhelm me and extinguish in horror and despair all fear of ignominy of death."

Much of the book seems like travel log filler. More time describing the surroundings of Europe than the reason for traveling or just traveling. Many writers use traveling to reflect time passing or the character growing in stature or knowledge. In this story they just travel a lot.

This book is definitely worth plodding through for moviegoers. The record needs to be set strait. First shock is that the creator is named Victor Frankenstein; the creature is just "monster" not Frankenstein. And it is Victor that is backwards which added in him doing the impossible by not knowing any better. The monster is well read in "Sorrows of a Young Werther," "Paradise Lost," and Plutarch's "Lives." The debate (mixed with a few murders) rages on as to whether the monster was doing evil because of his nature or because he was spurned?
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4.0 out of 5 stars No table of contents 30 Oct 2013
By Thomas L. Jeffers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I regret to say that OUP has issued an edition of this remarkable novel that lacks an accessible table of contents. Which means it's hard to navigate by-chapter, as most readers would want to do. The editorial apparatus, on the other hand, seems intact.
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