23 Facts About Frankenstein


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel written by English author Mary Shelley.

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Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

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Frankenstein'slley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20.

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Frankenstein'slley travelled through Europe in 1815, moving along the river Rhine in Germany, and stopping in Gernsheim, 17 kilometres away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist had engaged in experiments.

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Frankenstein's then journeyed to the region of Geneva, Switzerland, where much of the story takes place.

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Frankenstein has been in pursuit of the gigantic man observed by Walton's crew.

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Frankenstein starts to recover from his exertion; he sees in Walton the same obsession that has destroyed him and recounts a story of his life's miseries to Walton as a warning.

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Frankenstein is obsessed with studying theories of alchemists, though when he is older he realizes that such theories are considerably outdated.

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Frankenstein found that people were afraid of him and hated him due to his appearance, which led him to fear and hide from them.

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Frankenstein travelled to Geneva using details from Victor's journal, murdered William, and framed Justine for the crime.

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Frankenstein argues that as a living being, he has a right to happiness.

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Frankenstein reminds them of why they chose to join the expedition and that it is hardship and danger, not comfort, that defines a glorious undertaking such as theirs.

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Frankenstein'slley grew close to her father, William Godwin, having never known her mother.

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Frankenstein'slley's father was a famous author of the time, and her education was of great importance to him, although it was not formal.

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Frankenstein'slley grew up surrounded by her father's friends, writers, and persons of political importance, who often gathered at the family home.

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Frankenstein'slley was heavily influenced by both of her parents' works.

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Frankenstein'slley wrote much of the book while residing in a lodging house in the centre of Bath in 1816.

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In 2008, the Bodleian published a new edition of Frankenstein, edited by Charles E Robinson, that contains comparisons of Mary Shelley's original text with Percy Shelley's additions and interventions alongside.

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In Shelley's original work, Victor Frankenstein discovers a previously unknown but elemental principle of life, and that insight allows him to develop a method to imbue vitality into inanimate matter, though the exact nature of the process is left ambiguous.

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The second English edition of Frankenstein was published on 11 August 1823 in two volumes following the success of the stage play Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake.

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Frankenstein has been both well received and disregarded since its anonymous publication in 1818.

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Critical reception of Frankenstein has been largely positive since the mid-20th century.

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Frankenstein has frequently been recommended on Five Books, with literary scholars, psychologists, novelists, and historians citing it as an influential text.

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