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The Annotated Frankenstein

Shelley, Mary; into & notes by Leonard Wolf; art by Marcia Huyette

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ISBN 10: 0517530716 / ISBN 13: 9780517530719
Published by Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1977
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Annotated text of the original facsimile 1st edition of the book, plus scholarly introduction and useful appendixes. Nice bright crisp clean copy of HB 1st in bright but damaged jacket. 8-3/4 x 11-1/4, 356 pp, index, bibliography, fimography, chronology, b/w photos & illus, b/w illus endpapers. Fine unmarked, in Good+ unclipped bright jacket w 7-in taped tear across top corner, one small taped edge-tear, Oversize Hardcover in black/gray boards, in deep blue illus jacket. No edition stated, assumed 1st printing. Bookseller Inventory # 24848

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Title: The Annotated Frankenstein

Publisher: Clarkson N. Potter, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a novel written by the British author Mary Shelley. The title of the novel refers to a scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. In popular culture, people have tended to refer to the Creature as "Frankenstein", despite this being the name of the scientist. Frankenstein is a novel infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. It is arguably considered the first fully realized science fiction novel.

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Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image ... but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.

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