Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Frankenstein (in Audio, Video, and Text)

As you know, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Shelley. First published in London, England in 1818 (but more often read in the revised third edition of 1831), it is a novel infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution. (The novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, alludes to the over-reaching and punishment of the character from Greek mythology.) The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. Many distinguished authors, such as Brian Aldiss, claim that it is the very first science fiction novel. *

I have finished putting all of Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein, onto my Website for you to read online if you choose to do so. The content of the book itself is in public domain, but the Website is copyrighted. You are welcome to link to it if you wish. Enjoy!

You also can enjoy an old black-and-white silent movie of Frankenstein by clicking the following link. (NOTE: The music is pretty cool.)

If you can't see the video, open a separate Web browser window and cut and paste this URL:

* From Wikipedia (
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