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REQUIEM FOR THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN

Dwyer, Molly

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ISBN 10: 1882897935 / ISBN 13: 9781882897933
Published by Lost Coast Press, Fort Bragg, CA, 2008
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Signed and dated May 30, 2008 by author on title page in blue fountain ink. Author's debut novel. Anna Trevor, a young American scholar, has the kind of mind Mary Shelley must have foreseen. During waking hours Anna is preparing a controversial paper on FRANKENSTEIN. When asleep, she falls into alarmingly realistic dreams, meeting Mary and learning the truths that only the author herself could know. Are Anna's dreams 'real' experiences capable of influencing both present and past? Is this a ghost story? A tale of mystical encounters in a state of consciousness where all time is present time? REQUIEM offers an impeccably researched portrait of the brilliance and daring of the author of FRANKENSTEIN. It is a tribute, a philosophical novel that embraces the Romanticism of Mary Shelley's day. It is a symbolic unfolding of the recovery of the creative genius of the feminine, and a literary fiction that, like its namesake, rides the thin edge betweeen the rational and the irrational. Pictorial bookmark laid in. New PBO in pictorial wraps. 576 pp. L50. Bookseller Inventory # 11956

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Title: REQUIEM FOR THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN

Publisher: Lost Coast Press, Fort Bragg, CA

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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REQUIEM FOR THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN plunges readers into the life of Mary Shelley and her riveting encounters with Coleridge, Byron, Percy Shelley, Blake, and other luminaries of the Romantic Era. This large cast of colorful characters come fully to life in a their 19th century landscape Dwyer as given us Shelley's world, from the dirty, scary streets of downtown London to the scenic countryside of Pisa and Lerici, the Italian fishing village where Percy Shelley lived before his fateful drowning. REQUIEM FOR THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN sheds light on the revolutionary life and achievements of Mary Shelley, a gifted writer and independent woman far ahead of her time. But its more than a historical novel; the narrative swims back and forth across time as the reader follows modern day protagonist, Anna Trevor into a labyrinth of haunted dream corridors and, like Anna, must grapple with genuine questions about the relationship between dream and reality.

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Haven't enjoyed a book so much since Possession. In its complexity, its rich character development, its smashing description, it just doesn't have rival out there today. When Shelley and Byron, Godwin and Coleridge converse, Dwyer's great gift is evident. Brilliant, just brilliant. -- Suzanne Hartman Byerley. Writer, editor, teacher. Founding director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

Molly Dwyer's commitment to nineteenth century period detail, character development, and her loyalty to the story's distinctive spirit of a place, exquisitely transport the soul of a feminist politic she shares with Mary Shelley as a revolutionary woman rising above desperate times. Ms. Dwyer's thorough historical research gives depth and substance to the almost feral theatricality of her characters, especially Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, setting the stage for an endless stream of epiphanies. That she manages to do so without sentimentality is no small feat for such an epic saga of romantic realism. I was especially impressed by the consistency of attention to detail that was maintained throughout. It's a muscular book and I mean that in the best way. Requiem is awesome: I found myself riding a torrent through its pages. -- Antero Alli, filmmaker and author

Reading Molly Dwyer's ambitious and excellent first novel is like taking an extended and enjoyable vacation in Great Britain with a really smart best friend. -- John Lescroart, best-selling author

Reading Molly Dwyer's ambitious and excellent first novel is like taking an extended and enjoyable vacation in Great Britain with a really smart best friend. --John Lescroart, NY Times best-selling author

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein is a marvel. Gothic romance, feminist history, philosophical mystery-it's perfect for those of us who love to think as much as we love a good story. Molly Dwyer brings Mary Shelley and her circle so alive it makes me wonder if they ever died. -- Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest and Windfalls

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein is a marvel. Gothic romance, feminist history, philosophical mystery-it's perfect for those of us who love to think as much as we love a good story. Molly Dwyer brings Mary Shelley and her circle so alive it makes me wonder if they ever died. --Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest and Windfalls

What a beautifully crafted narrative Molly Dwyer has given us in Requiem. It is all the more absorbing for the perfect ease with which it swims back and forth across time and between its two-or are they two?-protagonists. A brilliant fictive exploration of the power and possibilities of the mother-line. -- Carol Lee Flinders, PhD. Author of At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst and Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action

What a beautifully crafted narrative Molly Dwyer has given us in Requiem. It is all the more absorbing for the perfect ease with which it swims back and forth across time and between its two-or are they two?-protagonists. A brilliant fictive exploration of the power and possibilities of the mother-line. --Carol Lee Flinders, PhD. Author of At the Root of This Longing

Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein is a marvel. Gothic romance, feminist history, philosophical mystery-it's perfect for those of us who love to think as much as we love a good story. Molly Dwyer brings Mary Shelley and her circle so alive it makes me wonder if they ever died. --Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest and Windfalls

What a beautifully crafted narrative Molly Dwyer has given us in Requiem. It is all the more absorbing for the perfect ease with which it swims back and forth across time and between its two-or are they two?-protagonists. A brilliant fictive exploration of the power and possibilities of the mother-line. --Carol Lee Flinders, PhD. Author of At the Root of This Longing

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