Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - Author

About the Author

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London. Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died of puerperal fever 10 days after giving birth to her daughter. Mary's labor lasted 18 hours and then it took four hours to remove the rest of the placenta. She was one of the first feminists, the author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), and the novel The Wrongs of Woman, in which she wrote: "We cannot, without depraving our minds, endeavour to please a lover or husband, but in proportion as he pleases us." In the intellectual circles of London, her acquaintances included the painter Henry Fuseli, Erasmus Darwin, Charles's grandfather, and William Blake, who illustrated an edition of her book, Original Stories from Real Life.

Mary Shelley's father was the writer and political journalist William Godwin, who became famous with his work An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793). Godwin had revolutionary attitudes to most social institutions, including marriage. In feminism he found an "amazonian" element. Among his other books is Things as They Are, or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (1794).

In her childhood Mary Shelley was left to educate herself amongst her father's intellectual circle, the critic Hazlitt, the essayist Lamb, the poet Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who came into Godwin's circle in 1812. Godwin took a second in 1801, but Mary never learned to like her. In 1812 Godwin sent her to live in Dundee. Mary published her first poem at the age of ten. At the age of 16 she ran away to France and Switzerland with Shelley; they had met at the end of 1812. Percy and Mary married in 1816 - Shelley's wife Harriet had committed suicide by drowning. Their first child, a daughter, died in Venice, Italy, a few years later. In HISTORY OF SIX WEEKS TOUR (1817) the Shelleys jointly recorded their life. Thereafter they returned to England and Mary gave birth to a son, William.

Featured books by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Tales and Stories

Tales and Stories

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Richard Garnett Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Collection

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Collection

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Karpathos publishes the greatest works of history's greatest authors and collects them to make it easy and affordable for readers to have them all at the push of a button. All of our collections include a linked table of contents.Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English author best known for the Gothic novel Frankenstein which has been made into many films.Shelley also wrote many other bestsellers in different genres.This collection includes the following:NOVELS:FrankensteinThe Last ManMathildaValpergaThe Fortunes of Perkin WarbeckLodoreFalknerPLAYS:ProserpineMidasSHORT STORIES:The Mortal ImmortalThe Evil EyeThe Invisible GirlThe DreamThe Heir of MondolfoNON-FICTION:On GhostsHistory of Six Weeks Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and HollandNotes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe ShelleyBIOGRAPHIES:Mrs. Shelley by Lucy Madox RossettiThe Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Mrs. Julian Marshall

Last Man

Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 24/10/2017

Mary Shelley states in the introduction that in 1818 she discovered, in the Sibyl's cave near Naples, a collection of prophetic writings painted on leaves by the Cumaean Sibyl. She has edited these writings into the current narrative, the first-person narrative of a man living at the end of the 21st century. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2017

The Last Man, by the Author of Frankenstein

The Last Man, by the Author of Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2017

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Collected Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Collected Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/05/2017

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/04/2017

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2017

Frankenstein begins in epistolary form, documenting the correspondence between Captain Robert Walton and his sister, Margaret Walton Saville. Walton sets out to explore the North Pole and expand his scientific knowledge in hopes of achieving fame and friendship. The ship becomes trapped in ice, and, one day, the crew sees a dog sled in the distance, on which there is the figure of a giant man. Hours later, the crew finds a frozen and emaciated man, Victor Frankenstein, in desperate need of sustenance. Frankenstein had been in pursuit of the gigantic man observed by Waltons crew when all but one of his dogs died. He had broken apart his dog sled to make oars and rowed an ice-raft toward the vessel. Frankenstein starts to recover from his exertion and recounts his story to Walton. Before beginning his story, Frankenstein warns Walton of the wretched effects of allowing ambition to push one to aim beyond what one is capable of achieving. In telling his story to the captain, Frankenstein finds peace within himself.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2016

When Doctor Frankenstein builds a monster in the name of science, he never expects to have to leave the creature and return later to find it killed his brother. The monster eventually tracks him down so that Victor Frankenstein can build the monster a female companion so that he can exercise his right for happiness.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2016

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is an 1818 science fiction romance by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein, a young student, animates a soulless monster made out of corpses from churchyards and dissecting rooms by means of galvanism. Longing for sympathy and shunned by everyone, the creature ultimately turns to evil and brings dreadful retribution on the student for usurping God's prerogative...

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/01/2016

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is an 1818 science fiction romance by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein, a young student, animates a soulless monster made out of corpses from churchyards and dissecting rooms by means of galvanism. Longing for sympathy and shunned by everyone, the creature ultimately turns to evil and brings dreadful retribution on the student for usurping God's prerogative...

Lodore, by the Author of 'Frankenstein'

Lodore, by the Author of 'Frankenstein'

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2015

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2015

The Last Man, by the Author of Frankenstein

The Last Man, by the Author of Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Penny Dreadfuls MEGAPACK (R)

Penny Dreadfuls MEGAPACK (R)

"e;Penny Dreadfuls"e; were a type of British publication in the 19th century that featured lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks, each part costing one penny. The term, however, soon came to encompass a variety of publications that featured cheap sensational fiction. The penny dreadfuls were printed on cheap pulp paper and were aimed at young working class males. Two of the most famous were "e;Varney the Vampire"e; (which popularized vampires) and "e;The String of Pearls"e; (Sweeney Todd), both of which are included here, alongside other works which share the same gothic horror traditions. Included are:FRANKENSTEIN, by Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyDRACULA, by Bram StokerVARNEY, THE VAMPIRE, by Thomas Preskett PrestTHE WERE-WOLF, by Clemence HousmanTHE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, by Oscar WildeTHE MONK, by Matthew LewisTHE STRING OF PEARLS, by Thomas Peckett PrestTHE RING OF THOTH, by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleTHE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, by Robert Louis StevensonTHE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, by Edgar Allan PoeIf you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "e;Wildside Press Megapack"e; to see more of the 180+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, a Romance - War College Series

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, a Romance - War College Series

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2015

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/02/2015

The Last Man Mary Shelley, most famous for Frankenstein also wrote several other novels and short stories. The Last Man was her second best-seller, written about ten years after the publication of Frankenstein . The Last Man is an apocalyptic science fiction novel about tragic love and a future world that has been ravaged by a plague. It reflects Shelley's fears about civilization and the shortcomings of human behavior. Lionel Verney, the narrator and last survivor of a twenty-first century plague, recounts how he discovers a manuscript written in 2100. But aside from the novel being delightful and arguably obscure entertainment for the Romantic literature aficionado, it is the foundation of English Sci-Fi from H.G. Wells to Arthur C. Clarke, not to mention such works as The Stand by Stephen King and I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

The Last Man. - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Last Man. - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Henry Colburn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2015

The Last Man - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Last Man - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2015

The Last Man, Volume III - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Last Man, Volume III - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2015

The Last Man, Volume II - Scholar's Choice Edition

The Last Man, Volume II - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2015

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2014

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. Frankenstein is a novel written by British author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2014

Victor Frankenstein, a young university student, becomes obsessed with discovering the secret to creating life. Over several months, he builds a creature out of body parts stolen from graves. Yet after he brings his work to life, Victor becomes terrified and, wanting nothing to do with his creation, abandons the "e;monster."e; Rejected by the world because of his appearance, the monster lives in hiding but searches for his creator. When he encounters Victor, the monster begs for compassion, and receiving none, threatens revenge. This is an unabridged version of the first edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's haunting Gothic novel, originally published in England in 1818.

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2014

This text contains Mary Shelley's infamous horror fiction, Frankenstein. Frankenstein tells the story of a precocious scientist who employs his scientific know-how and penchant for unconventional experiments to create a living being from dead tissue. Contrary to his initial designs, he creates an eight foot tall monstrosity from which he flees after realising his mistakes; ashamed at his creators reaction, the monster does similarly. What follows is a tale of misunderstood motives, murder, and revenge, resulting in the desperate attempts of the scientist to peruse his creation to the ends of the earth in order to exact vengeance. Shelley began work on Frankenstein when she was just 18, and the novel was originally published anonymously when she was twenty. Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) was an English novelist, dramatist, short story writer, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. We are proud to republish this antique text now complete with a new introductory biography of the author.

Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2014

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2014

Victor Frankenstein, a young university student, becomes obsessed with discovering the secret to creating life. Over several months, he builds a creature out of body parts stolen from graves. Yet after he brings his work to life, Victor becomes terrified and, wanting nothing to do with his creation, abandons the "e;monster."e; Rejected by the world because of his appearance, the monster lives in hiding but searches for his creator. When he encounters Victor, the monster begs for compassion, and receiving none, threatens revenge. This is an unabridged version of the first edition of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's haunting Gothic novel, originally published in England in 1818.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17: Frankenstein

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Classics: Level 17: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Nick Warburton Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/01/2014

Victor Frankenstein is a scientist who is obsessed with trying to create life. Frankenstein tells how his experiments lead him to make a living person. Disgusted by what he has created he leaves his monster to fend for itself, but a terrifying chain of events has begun and Frankenstein must face what he has done. Exciting and powerful classic stories to enrich and extend your children's reading experiences. TreeTops Classics are carefully adapted versions of must-read stories which introduce your readers to significant authors, powerful plots and characters that have stood the test of time. These abridged versions of classics have been sensitively adapted by top children's authors to ensure that language and content is appropriate, but remain faithful to the original. These enchanting stories will appeal to all your junior readers and introduce them to a rich literary heritage. Each book includes author biographies and notes to help with historical and social context and any challenging vocabulary, ensuring the books are easily accessible. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co. uk. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/07/2013

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/07/2013

The Last Man is Mary Shelley's apocalyptic fantasy of the end of human civilisation. Set in the late twenty-first century, the novel unfolds a sombre and pessimistic vision of mankind confronting inevitable destruction. Interwoven with her futuristic theme, Mary Shelley incorporates idealised portraits of Shelley and Byron, yet rejects Romanticism and its faith in art and nature. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

Frankenstein Oder Der Moderne Prometheus

Frankenstein Oder Der Moderne Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Frankenstein Oder Der Moderne Prometheus

Frankenstein Oder Der Moderne Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2013

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2013

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about an experiment that produces a monster. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The actual storyline was taken from a dream. Mary Shelley was talking with him and two other writer-colleagues, Lord Byron, and John Polidori, and they decided they would have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. Then Frankenstein was written. Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction.

The Annotated Frankenstein

The Annotated Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2012

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.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2012

Mary Shelley's deceptively simple story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature he brings to life, first published in 1818, is now more widely read than any other work of the Romantic period. From the creature's creation to his wild lament over the dead body of his creator in the Arctic wastes, the story retains its narrative hold on the reader even as it spins off ideas in rich profusion. New to this edition is a discussion of Percy Shelley's role in contributing to the first draft of the novel. Recent scholarship has clarified the degree to which Percy Shelley edited, modified, and added to Mary Shelley's original text, and this edition's note on the text discusses this scholarship, as well as the controversy over whether Percy Shelley should be considered a co-author of the work.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2012

Reading + Training Frankenstein + Audio CD

Reading + Training Frankenstein + Audio CD

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 22/05/2012

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 11/04/2012

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/12/2011

Swiss Scientist Victor Frankenstein takes on one the greatest challenge possible - to create new life. But from this mix of lofty ambition and genius, he creates a monster. And there begins one of the most famous stories of all-time as Frankenstein's monster follows his creator with murder and destruction. The unforgettable horror story that spawned the monster.

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/12/2011

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/11/2011

Proserpine and Midas

Proserpine and Midas

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2011

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/2011

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 26/09/2011

Mary Shelley's poignant exploration of the true depths of ambition and humanity has had a profound effect on readers since its conception in 1816. When scientist Victor Frankenstein forms a creature from the body parts of corpses, thus shattering the perceived limits of scientific understanding, the consequences are devastating on both a personal and a wider level. Our natural sympathies are challenged as Frankenstein becomes disgusted with his creation, who, in turn, begins to suffer from an acute sense of loneliness. When his desire for a companion is thwarted, he vows to take revenge upon Frankenstein. What ensues is singularly chilling in this gothic classic, which has spawned numerous film and theatre interpretations.

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/2011

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2011

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, H.P. Lovecraft Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Peter Harrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2010

Notes to the Complete Poetical Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Notes to the Complete Poetical Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

A remarkable writer and intellectual in her own right, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley first encountered the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was only a teenager. After fathering three of her children, Shelley drowned during a storm. In this volume of essays and annotations, Mary Shelley provides unique insight into Shelley's body of poetic work.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2010

Frankenstein (Legacy Collection)

Frankenstein (Legacy Collection)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2010

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2010

Mathilda is narrated from the title character's death bed. She recounts her relationship with her father, who had an incestuous love for her, and his suicide by drowning. Her relationship with a gifted young poet was unable to prevent her emotional withdrawal after her father's death, or the lonely fact of her own dying. Shelley wrote Mathilda in an attempt to deal with the loss of her two infant children.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/05/2010

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/04/2010

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2010

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2010

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2010

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2010

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/03/2010

Frankenstein or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text

Frankenstein or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2009

Frankenstein was Mary Shelley's immensely powerful contribution to the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron wrote one wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific consequences. Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and mankind's status as a species of animal. The text used here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking expose of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing mankind its choice - to live cooperatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the 1831 version with which we are more familiar. Drawing on new research, Marilyn Butler examines the novel in the context of the radical sciences, which were developing among much controversy in the years following the Napoleonic Wars, and shows how Frankenstein's experiment relates to a contemporary debate between the champions of materialist science and of received religion. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Frankenstein (AD Classic Library Edition)

Frankenstein (AD Classic Library Edition)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2009

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2009

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2009

Last Man

Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2009

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, wrote the apocalyptic novel The Last Man in 1826. Its first person narrative tells the story of our world standing at the end of the twenty-first century and - after the devastating effects of a plague - at the end of humanity. In the book Shelley writes of weaving this story from a discovery of prophetic writings uncovered in a cave near Naples. The Last Man was made into a 2008 film.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2009

One of the greatest classic horror stories, Mary Shelley's Gothic novel sees Dr Frankenstein manufacture life - The Monster - only to see it go beyond his control. The original novel is more sympathetic to the monster's plight than is generally presented on film, making it an important book to be read. This abridged version with music is an ideal introduction to teenagers, making it a key release in the first year of Naxos AudioBooks' new series Young Adult Classics . This edition includes a bonus CD-ROM which contains the abridged and unabridged texts, and Top Teacher's Notes by high profile English teacher Francis Gilbert.

The Last Man, Volume III

The Last Man, Volume III

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2009

The Last Man, Volume III

The Last Man, Volume III

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2009

The Last Man, Volume II

The Last Man, Volume II

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2009

The Last Man, Volume II

The Last Man, Volume II

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/01/2009

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, was completed by Mary Shelley at the age of 19. She infused this original novel with Gothic and Romantic elements. Scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a large and powerful creature in the likeness of man, but is disgusted by his own creation and he abandons the being to fend for itself. Spawning generations of horror stories in the genre, Frankenstein is a gruesome warning against playing God and attempting the engineering of life.

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2008

Falkner (Dodo Press)

Falkner (Dodo Press)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2008

Lodore (Dodo Press)

Lodore (Dodo Press)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2008

The Mourner and Other Stories

The Mourner and Other Stories

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2008

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Committed to the deadly pursuit of the monster he created, Victor Frankenstein tells his chilling story. It all began with a desire to help mankind, but where will it end? Frankenstein leads us through vast mountainous landscapes and over frozen seas. Can he stop the fiend's murderous course? Is he prepared to do what the monster demands? The reader will be shocked and surprised. Is the monster as evil as he seems? Is Victor Frankenstein responsible for the tortures he himself endures? What can Frankenstein's terrible tale teach us today?

The Original Frankenstein

The Original Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2008

In the summer of 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, then eighteen years old, began to write the novel Frankenstein after she and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley took part in a ghost-story competition at Lord Byron's villa by Lake Geneva. Over the next nine months -- a period which saw their return to England in autumn 1816 and subsequent marriage -- she (with Percy) drafted the entire novel in a form materially different from the two standard editions of 1818 and 1831 which were based on a later fair copy. Until now, no one has been able to read what Mary Shelley herself initially wrote in this original draft of the novel. Going back to the unique draft manuscript of the text held in the Bodleian Library, Charles E. Robinson has teased out Percy Shelley's amendments, isolating them from the story in Mary Shelley's hand. Both texts - with and without Percy's interventions - are presented in this edition, allowing us for the first time to read the story in Mary's original hand and also to see how Percy edited his wife's prose. The results are fascinating. We read a more rapidly paced novel that is arranged in different chapters. Above all, we hear Mary's genuine voice which sounds to us more modern, more immediately colloquial than her husband's learned, more polished style. To this day, Frankenstein remains the most popular work of science fiction. This edition promises to redefine the ways we read the story and perceive the act of its creation.

Frankenstein Original Text

Frankenstein Original Text

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2008

The classic novel brought to life in full color! 'Cursed be the hands that formed you'! True to the original novel, Declan Shalvey's naturally gothic artistic style is a perfect match for this epic tale. Frankenstein is such a well known title, yet the films strayed so far beyond the original novel that many people today don't realize how this classic horror tale deals with such timeless subjects as alienation, empathy and understanding beyond appearance. This is another great story, beautifully crafted into a superb graphic novel.

Frankenstein Quick Text

Frankenstein Quick Text

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2008

This is the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read! True to the original novel (rather than the square-headed Boris Karloff image from the films!) Declan's naturally gothic artistic style is a perfect match for this epic tale. Frankenstein is such a well known title, yet the films strayed so far beyond the original novel that many people today don't realise how this classic horror tale deals with such timeless subjects as alienation, empathy and understanding beyond appearance. This is another great story, beautifully crafted into a superb graphic novel.

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2008

Shelley's suspenseful and intellectually rich gothic tale confronts some of the most important and enduring themes in all of literture-the power of human imagination, the potential hubris of science, the gulf between appearance and essence, the effects of human cruelty, the desire for revenge and the need for forgiveness, and much more. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2008

'The last man! I may well describe that solitary being's feelings, feeling myself as the last relic of a beloved race, my companions extinct before me.' Mary Shelley, Journal (May 1824). Best remembered as the author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley wrote The Last Man eight years later, on returning to England from Italy after her husband's death. It is the twenty-first century, and England is a republic governed by a ruling elite, one of whom, Adrian, Earl of Windsor, has introduced a Cumbrian boy to the circle. This outsider, Lionel Verney, narrates the story, a tale of complicated, tragic love, and of the gradual extermination of the human race by plague. The Last Man also functions as an intriguing roman a clef, for the saintly Adrian is a monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his friend Lord Raymond is a portrait of Byron. The novel offers a vision of the future that expresses a reaction against Romanticism, as Shelley demonstrates the failure of the imagination and of art to redeem her doomed characters. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/08/2008

Frankenstein (AD Classic)

Frankenstein (AD Classic)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2008

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2008

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2008

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2008

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2008

Collected Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Collected Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2008

The Invisible Girl, and the Dream (Dodo Press)

The Invisible Girl, and the Dream (Dodo Press)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2008

Valperga

Valperga

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2008

Proserpine and Midas (Dodo Press)

Proserpine and Midas (Dodo Press)

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2008

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2007

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2007

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2007

As lightning flashes across the night sky, Victor Frankenstein succeeds in the ultimate scientific experiment - the creation of life. But the being he creates, though intelligent and sensitive, is so huge and hideous that it is rejected by its creator, and by everyone else who meets it.

Frankenstein Or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein Or the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2006

Proserpine and Midas. Two Mythological Dramas

Proserpine and Midas. Two Mythological Dramas

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2006

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2006

Classic Starts (R): Frankenstein Retold from the Mary Shelley Original

Classic Starts (R): Frankenstein Retold from the Mary Shelley Original

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Deanna McFadden, Jamel Akib, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

From the bits and pieces of dead bodies and the power of electricity, the brilliant Victor Frankenstein fashions a new form of life - only to discover, too late, the irreparable damage he has caused. Mary Shelley's tragic story of the creation of man, or monster, is as compelling and powerful now as it was when it was written. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Mathilda

Mathilda

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2005

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2005

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2005

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2004

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2004

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2004

Dorothy Louise's remarkable new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic story rescues it from simplistic notions of horror and fear. She remains faithful to Shelley's intention to show how the Creature of Victor Frankenstein gradually grows into malignity because of the continual rejection he experiences and the refusal of his creator to respond to his very human needs. Amateur and professional companies will find this to be the most successful Frankenstein ever adapted for the stage.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2004

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/1998

A collection of anthologies, resource and reference books, including titles from Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley, Alex Madina, Jo Phillips and Adrian Barlow.

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus, The Pennyroyal edition

Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus, The Pennyroyal edition

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Joyce Carol Oates Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/1998

The California edition of the Pennyroyal Press, Frankenstein unites the dark side of Barry Moser's art with the classic 1818 text of Mary Shelley's tale of moral transfiguration. In a vivid sequence of woodcuts, the reader witnesses the birth of the 'monster' as Moser shapes him from darkness and gives him a form simultaneously ghastly in its malice and transfixing in its suffering.

Valperga or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

Valperga or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1998

Not reprinted since its first edition, Mary Shelley's second novel is a major discovery of the Mary Shelley bicentenary of 1997. The novel's lack of success as a follow-up to Frankenstein was the result of its subject matter and unconventional approach to the genre of historical fiction, attributes that can only delight the twentieth-century reader. Shelley's mastery of the intricate details of thirteenth-century Tuscan politics is unique among women of her time, and her resolute filtering of the bloody heroics of the age through the sensibilities of two women who are destroyed by them reveals the feminist perspective missing so conspicuously from her first novel. The lastest addition to the acclaimed Women Writers in English series, this glittering novel from Romanticism's premier woman storyteller belongs on the shelves of all serious readers of English fiction.

Valperga or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

Valperga or the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1998

Not reprinted since its first edition, Mary Shelley's second novel is a major discovery of the Mary Shelley bicentenary of 1997. The novel's lack of success as a follow-up to Frankenstein was the result of its subject matter and unconventional approach to the genre of historical fiction, attributes that can only delight the twentieth-century reader. Shelley's mastery of the intricate details of thirteenth-century Tuscan politics is unique among women of her time, and her resolute filtering of the bloody heroics of the age through the sensibilities of two women who are destroyed by them reveals the feminist perspective missing so conspicuously from her first novel. The lastest addition to the acclaimed Women Writers in English series, this glittering novel from Romanticism's premier woman storyteller belongs on the shelves of all serious readers of English fiction.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/1997

The Last Man

The Last Man

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/1996

Mary Shelley's third published novel, The Last Man, is a disillusioned vision of the end of civilization, set in the twenty-first century. The book offers a sweeping account of war, plague, love, and desolation. It is the sort of apocalyptic vision that was widespread at the time, though Shelley's treatment of the theme goes beyond the conventional; it is extraordinarily interesting and deeply moving. If The Last Man is in some sense a conventional text of the period, it is also intensely personal in its origin; Shelley refers in her journal to the last man as her alter ego, the last relic of a beloved race, my companions extinct before me. The novel thus develops out of and contributes to a network of story and idea in which fantasy, allusion, convention, and autobiography are densely interwoven. This new version of the first edition (1826) sets out to provide not only a thoroughly annotated text, but also contextual materials to help the reader acquire knowledge of the intellectual and literary milieu out of which the novel emerged. Appendices include material on the last man as early nineteenth-century hero, texts from the debate initiated by Malthus in 1798 about the adequacy of food supply to sustain human population, various accounts of outbreaks of plague, and Shelley's poems representing her feelings after the death of her husband. The Last Man reverberates particularly strongly for the late twentieth-century reader, not only because of its millennial overtones but also because of its parallels between the plague that Shelley depicts and the AIDS epidemic of our own time. Overall, it is a novel that rivals Frankenstein in the rich profusion of ideas it gives rise to in the reader.

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/1989

The Original Gothic-Horror Literary Classic! Mary Shelley's deceptively simple story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature he brings to life, first published in 1818, is now more widely read-and more widely discussed by scholars-than any other work of the Romantic period. From the creature's creation to his wild lament over the dead body of his creator in the Arctic wastes, the story retains its narrative hold on the reader even as it spins off ideas in rich profusion.About the Author: Mary Shelley (30 August 1797 - 1 February 1851) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin, and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. She died in London in 1851.This is the definitive collectors edition and is a stunning and impressive uanabridged representation of a classic literary work. - Publisher's Weekly

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1982

'I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion.' A summer evening's ghost stories, lonely insomnia in a moonlit Alpine's room, and a runaway imagination -- fired by philosophical discussions with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley about science, galvanism, and the origins of life -- conspired to produce for Mary Shelley this haunting night specter. By morning, it had become the germ of her Romantic masterpiece, Frankenstein. Written in 1816 when she was only 19, Mary Shelley's novel of 'The Modern Prometheus' chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

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