The new annotated Frankenstein / Mary Shelley ; edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger ; with additional research by Janet Byrne ; introduction by Guillermo Del Toro ; afterword by Anne K. Mellor.

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    • Edition:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "'Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge,' writes ... author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley's novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley's gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date. Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley's early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author's revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein's indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history--not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger's exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature's most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era's restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor. Born in a world of men in the midst of a political and an emerging industrial revolution, Shelley crafted a horror story that, beyond its incisive commentary on her own milieu, is widely recognized as the first work of science fiction. The daughter of a pioneering feminist and an Enlightenment philosopher, Shelley lived and wrote at the center of British Romanticism, the 'exuberant, young movement' that rebelled against tradition and reason and 'with a rebellious scream gave birth to a world of gods and monsters' (Guillermo del Toro). Following his best-selling The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger not only considers Shelley's original 1818 text but, for the first time in any annotated volume, traces the effects of her significant revisions in the 1823 and 1831 editions. With an afterword by renowned literary scholar Anne K. Mellor, The New Annotated Frankenstein celebrates the prescient genius and undying legacy of the world's 'first truly modern myth.' "--Jacket.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • Other Titles:
      Frankenstein
    • ISBN:
      9780871409492
      0871409496
    • LCCN:
      2017015156
    • OCLC:
      ocn959808742
      959808742
    • Accession Number:
      fay.556404

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 August #1

*Starred Review* Klinger, editor of the critically acclaimed annotated editions of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and H. P. Lovecraft, is back with a gorgeous, compelling, and simply fascinating volume just in time for the 200th anniversary of its source material's publication. Klinger does not presume to add to the comprehensive body of scholarship on Shelley's novel; he wants to illuminate the original text itself and showcase how complex and engaging it was—and still is. Of the many revelations in this work, one of the most surprising is how deep the autobiographical aspects of this "monster" novel run. Klinger provides a detailed comparison of the 1818 and 1831 texts, something that has never been done before in a single annotated volume. The result is that we see a surprising shift in Shelley's tone and her judgment of the characters in the ensuing years, a shift that can be traced to her life experiences over that time. Klinger has included numerous high-quality images sprinkled throughout the book, which add to our appreciation of this seminal text. Klinger also includes six appendixes and an afterword by Anne K. Mellor that addresses the larger themes of the novel and its place in popular culture. The resulting volume will find a huge audience in libraries, from amateur scholars to students to genre fans. Klinger has not only given us a useful reference work but he has also reminded us all just how fun Frankenstein still is to just read. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.