The best-selling student edition on the market, now available in a Second
Edition. Almost two centuries after its publication, Frankenstein remains
an indisputably classic text and Mary Shelley's finest work. This
extensively revised Norton Critical Edition includes new texts and
illustrative materials that convey the enduring global conversation about
Frankenstein and its author. The text is that of the 1818 first edition,
published in three volumes by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and
Jones. It is accompanied by an expansive new preface, explanatory
annotations, a map of Geneva and its environs, and seven illustrations,
five of them new to the Second Edition. Context is provided in three
supporting sections: Circumstance, Influence, Composition, Revision,
Reception, Impact, Adaptation, and Sources, Influences, Analogues.
Among the Second Edition's new inclusions are historical-cultural studies
by Susan Tyler Hitchcock, William St. Clair, and Elizabeth Young; Chris
Baldrick on the novel's reception; and David Pirie on the novel's many film
adaptations. Related excerpts from the Bible and from John Milton's
Paradise Lost are now included, as is Charles Lamb's poem The Old Familiar
Faces. Criticism collects sixteen major interpretations of Frankenstein,
nine of them new to the Second Edition. The new contributors are Peter
Brooks, Bette London, Garrett Stewart, James. A. W. Heffernan, Patrick
Brantlinger, Jonathan Bate, Anne Mellor, Jane Goodall, and Christa
Knellwolf. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley—Frankenstein - The 1818 Text, Contexts, Criticism

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