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Issue Details: First known date: 1818... 1818 Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
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'Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss scientist, has a great ambition: to create intelligent life. But when his creature first stirs, he realizes he has made a monster. A monster which, abandoned by his master and shunned by everyone who sees it, sets out to destroy Dr Frankenstein with murder and horrors to the very ends of the earth.' (Source: Penguin)

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

y separately published work icon Ape of God Vol Molesworth , Sydney : Currawong , 1942 Z955730 1942 single work novel science fiction thriller
y separately published work icon Monster at Large Vol Molesworth , Sydney : Currawong , 1942 Z955743 1942 single work novel science fiction thriller
y separately published work icon Recreation : A Modern Fable Inspired by Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" Tony Moore , 2000 Kilkenny : Moore Books , 2013 6567561 2000 single work drama
y separately published work icon Frankenstein Margrete Lamond , Pymble : HarperCollins , 2005 Z1221979 2005 single work children's fiction children's horror

'Frankenstein is the story of a young scientist who learns the secret of creating life. Fueled by a burning ambition for fame and glory, Frankenstein builds a hideous patchwork body out of scavenged corpses, but no sooner does he animate the gruesome creature than he abandons it in horror.

Longing for love and companionship, the monster looks elsewhere for affection, but finds himself cruelly shunned wherever he goes. At last--grotesque and misunderstood, frustrated and alone--the creature turns to violence and hate.

Frankenstein's reckless experiment is doomed to failure, ending in tragedy and ruin as the raging monster wreaks his revenge.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • For further information on the influence of Frankenstein on Louis Nowra see The Theatre of Louis Nowra by Veronica Kelly.
  • Contents indexed selectively.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Maver & Jones ,
      1818 .
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      Extent: 3v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: To William Godwin Author of Political Justice, Caleb Williams &c. These Volumes are respectfully inscribed by The Author.

      • Epigraph:

        Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

        To mould me man? Did I solicit thee

        From darkness to promote me?

        Paradise Lost.

Works about this Work

‘Even If They Were to Leave Europe’ : Frankenstein in Tasmania Leigh Dale , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 34 no. 2 2012; (p. 93-101)
'Since the early nineteenth century, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has served as a narrative model for those writing of science and ambition. For example, a contemporary journalist trying to explain the modus operandi of biologist and science entrepreneur J. Craig Venter, who was involved in the first sequencing of the human genome and was leader of the first team to create a cell with a synthetic genome, turned to the protagonist of Shelley’s 1818 novel as a point of reference for a description of his subject:...' (Publication abstract)
Adventures in Malley Country : Concerning Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake Ross Chambers , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Studies Review , March vol. 11 no. 1 2005; (p. 27-51)
Reflecting on the relationship between life and art, the author compares My Life as a Fake with literary monster stories and literary hoaxes (such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or the Ern Malley affair). He argues that life-as-a-fake 'is constructed for us all by our culture' (p.49), and that Carey's novel constitutes a 'supplementaion' rather than a 'replacement' of life/reality.
The Book That Changed My Life : Kim Wilkins Kim Wilkins , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 March 1999; (p. 17)
y separately published work icon The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
Mary and the Scientist i "A scientist goes back in time.", Jayne Fenton-Keane , 1997 single work poetry
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 24 no. 2 1997; (p. 31-32)
The Book That Changed My Life : Kim Wilkins Kim Wilkins , 1999 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 March 1999; (p. 17)
y separately published work icon The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
‘Even If They Were to Leave Europe’ : Frankenstein in Tasmania Leigh Dale , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 34 no. 2 2012; (p. 93-101)
'Since the early nineteenth century, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has served as a narrative model for those writing of science and ambition. For example, a contemporary journalist trying to explain the modus operandi of biologist and science entrepreneur J. Craig Venter, who was involved in the first sequencing of the human genome and was leader of the first team to create a cell with a synthetic genome, turned to the protagonist of Shelley’s 1818 novel as a point of reference for a description of his subject:...' (Publication abstract)
Frankenstein: A/Scent of Disgust i "That man is an idea", Christine Lindberg , 1994 single work poetry
— Appears in: Mattoid , no. 48 (p. 59-63)
Mary and the Scientist i "A scientist goes back in time.", Jayne Fenton-Keane , 1997 single work poetry
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 24 no. 2 1997; (p. 31-32)
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