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2020 All School Read: Frankenstein

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“My person was hideous, and my stature gigantic: what did this mean? Who was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.” --The Creature

All School Read: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. (Dover Publications)                                                          

Before You Start Reading

Before you start reading, it may be helpful to know that the novel Frankenstein has three different narrators:

  • Robert Walton is an explorer who writes letters home and meets Victor Frankenstein-- you will get his side of the story first!
  • Victor Frankenstein then has his turn describing his family, growing up in Switzerland, and then going to study science at the Unviersity of Ingolstadt.
  • The Creature is a being that Victor creates from different body parts to prove he can make life-- we also hear the Creature's side of the story!

About the Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, the ardent feminist and author of A Vindication on the Right of Women, and William Godwin, the radical-anarchist philosopher and author of Lives of the Necromancers, Mary Godwin was born into a freethinking, revolutionary household in London on August 30,1797. Educated mainly by her intellectual surroundings, she had little formal schooling and at sixteen eloped with the young poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She did not begin to write seriously until the summer of 1816, when she and Shelley were in Switzerland, neighbor to Lord Byron. One night following a contest to compose ghost stories, Mary conceived her masterpiece, Frankenstein. (Penguin Random House)