“From the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me—a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple, that while I became dizzy with the immensity of the prospect which it illustrated, I was surprised, that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.”

Dr. Victor Frankenstein began his studies with excitement, hope and anticipation, but he would have never guessed that his extraordinary discoveries would lead him to question nearly every thought and action he once took for granted… Written when Mary Shelley was only nineteen, Frankenstein grew out of a storytelling contest between Lord Byron, the Shelleys and other family friends in 1818. It has now entered the consciousness of our culture through countless films, plays, and other popular references, but it is much more than just a scary story. It raises questions concerning the relationship of man to his creator, the nature of society, and the cause of evil — foundational questions for all times and people.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

first published 1818

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