Book cover for  Frankenstein , by Mary Shelley, late nineteenth century, published by George Routledge and Sons.


Author: Shelley, Mary

Originally Published: 1818

Genre: Novel

A seminal work of Victorian literature, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) is considered one of the most influential and popular novels in the English language. Equal parts Gothic romance, science-fiction adventure, and horror story, Frankenstein has spawned numerous stage and screen adaptations, emerging as an icon of modern popular culture. First published anonymously in 1818, the book came to be regarded as Shelley's masterpiece and paved the way for such horror genre classics as Bram Stoker's Dracula and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Critical interest in Frankenstein, which greatly increased in the twentieth century, has largely focused on the enduring ethical, moral, and social implications of Shelley's tale. Though Frankenstein's creature is regarded...

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