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Shelley, Mary (Wollstonecraft)

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ISBN 10: 0520052811 / ISBN 13: 9780520052819
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, 1984
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4to. cloth, dust jacket. (viii), xiv, (vi), 254, (2) pages. First trade edition reprinting the Pennyroyal Press version originally printed as a limited edition by Harold P. McGrath. English novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's (1797-1851) classic tale is combined with 52 illustrations by American wood engraver Barry Moser. The text is based on the 1818 edition in the Smith College Library. Calligraphy stamped in red on the black cover is the work of Yvette Rutledge. Moser writes of this work: "It is my favorite because . . . it holds together as a unit, a coherent whole with type, text, and images well-balanced and well paced. Frankenstein marks the first instance of the use of multiple color block prints in a Pennyroyal book as well as the first collaboration with Joyce Carol Oates" who wrote the afterword (Pennyroyal checklist 29). Embossed ownership stamp in corner of title page. Bookseller Inventory # 126261

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Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: cloth, dust jacket

Illustrator: Moser, Barry

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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A misguided scientist seeks to instill life in a creature he has assembled from the bodies of the dead


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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