Friday, February 18, 2011
One of the most popular and recognizable monsters of all time, the creature known only as “Frankenstein’s monster” was the invention of a bored young woman of eighteen named Mary Shelly who is said to have set out to write a ghost story one rainy day while visiting Switzerland. Frankenstein, often subtitled, “The Modern Prometheus,” was first published anonymously in 1818, becoming an immediate success, with Shelly’s name appearing on the second edition. Today it is regarded as a genuine masterpiece of Gothic Horror and one of the first ventures into science fiction. Read more . . .