The Annotated Frankenstein
11%
off

The Annotated Frankenstein

3.78 (1,019,470 ratings by Goodreads)

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

First published in 1818, Frankenstein has spellbound, disturbed, and fascinated readers for generations. One of the most haunting and enduring works ever written in English, it has inspired numerous retellings and sequels in virtually every medium, making the Frankenstein myth familiar even to those who have never read a word of Mary Shelley's remarkable novel. Now, this freshly annotated, illustrated edition illuminates the novel and its electrifying afterlife with unmatched detail and vitality. From the first decade after publication, "Frankenstein" became a byword for any new, disturbing developments in science, technology, and human imagination. The editors' Introduction explores the fable's continuing presence in popular culture and intellectual life as well as the novel's genesis and composition. Mary Shelley's awareness of European politics and history, her interest in the poets and philosophical debates of the day, and especially her genius in distilling her personal traumas come alive in this engaging essay. The editors' commentary, placed conveniently alongside the text, provides stimulating company.
Their often surprising observations are drawn from a lifetime of reading and teaching the novel. A wealth of illustrations, many in color, immerses the reader in Shelley's literary and social world, in the range of artwork inspired by her novel, as well as in Frankenstein's provocative cinematic career. The fresh light that The Annotated Frankenstein casts on a story everyone thinks is familiar will delight readers while deepening their understanding of Mary Shelley's novel and the Romantic era in which it was created.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 229 x 241 x 32.77mm | 1,329.03g
  • The Belknap Press
  • Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Critical ed.
  • 98 color illustrations
  • 0674055527
  • 9780674055520
  • 282,603

Review quote

An impressive addition to the study of Frankenstein. While ideal for students of English, this book is accessible enough for anyone desiring a deeper reading of the novel, and does just what a well-annotated work should do, shedding a bright light not only on the text in question, but also on its historical moment and literary forebears. Publishers Weekly (starred review) 20120924
show more

About Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University. Ronald Levao is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University.
show more

Rating details

1,019,470 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 29% (296,822)
4 34% (348,895)
3 25% (259,479)
2 8% (81,698)
1 3% (32,576)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X