Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and disformed, but he means no harm to anyone--until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge. This easy-to-read version of Mary Shelley's long-standing masterpiece easily captures the sadness and horror of the original.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY was born in 1797, the only daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, who died a few days after her daugh- ter's birth. Mary eloped with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (who was already married) in 1814. In 1816 they spent the summer with Lord Byron in Switzerland, during which time Frankenstein was begun. Shelley's wife committed suicide later that year, and he married Mary. Their two small children died in 1818 and 1819, and in 1822 Shelley himself was drowned. Mary had little money, but, largely supporting her- self by writing, she managed to send her remain- ing son te, Harrow and Cambridge. In 1844 Shelley's father died, leaving Mary in better circumstances. She died in 1851 and was buried at Bournemouth near her son's home.
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