Frankenstein, A Longman Cultural Edition, 2nd edition

  • Mary J Shelley
  • Susan J. Wolfson

Frankenstein, A Longman Cultural Edition

ISBN-13:  9780321399533

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From the Longman Cultural Editions series, this second edition of Frankenstein presents Mary Shelley's remarkable novel in several provocative and illuminating contexts: cultural, critical, and literary.   


Series Editor Susan J. Wolfson presents the 1818 version of Mary Shelley's famous novel in its cultural and historical contexts. Like all great works of fiction, Frankenstein gains depth and dimension from its "conversation" with contemporary texts, especially those by Shelley's own parents, husband, and friends.  A lively introduction is complemented by a chronology coordinating Shelley's life with key historical events and a speculative calendar of the novel's events in the late eighteenth century.  In addition to the 1818 text, this cultural edition features the introduction to and a sample revision of the 1831 version.  New to this Edition is Frankentalk, a section of selected references to Frankenstein in the popular press, and the complete text of Richard Brinsley Peake’s Frankenstein, A Romantic Drama, the first stage version of Frankenstein.

Table of contents

List of Illustrations   


About Longman Cultural Editions   


About This Edition   




Table of Dates   


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818)   

            Volume I   

            Volume II   

            Volume III   

from Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1831)   

            M. W. S.’s Introduction   

            Some Additions to Robert Walton’s first letters   

            Some Additions and Revisions to Victor Frankenstein’s Narrative   

                        Victor’s childhood and the adoption of Elizabeth–Victor’s enchantment with occult science and his encounter with modern science–Victor’s departure for University of ­Ingolstadt–Clerval’s straits–Victor meets Professors Krempe and Waldman–Victor’s health suffers–Elizabeth’s report on Ernest Frankenstein–Clerval’s lament for William–Victor’s anguish over Justine and William–­Victor’s continuing agony–[Creature’s story of framing Justine]–Victor’s plans for a second creature–Clerval’s imperial ambitions–Victor’s apprehensions for his family, his longing for oblivion–Victor’s secret



Monsters, Visionaries, and Mary Shelley    

Aesthetic Adventures    

Edmund Burke on “the Sublime and the Beautiful”    

Mary Wollstonecraft on Burke’s genderings    

William Gilpin on “the Picturesque”    

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798)    

Mary Wollstonecraft, from Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman: Jemima’s story    

Mary Godwin (Shelley), from her journal of 1815: the death of her first baby    

Percy Bysshe Shelley, from Alasto; or, The Spirit of Solitude    

Mary Shelley, with Percy Bysshe Shelley, from History of a Six Weeks’ Tour: Alpine scenery    

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mont Blanc    

George Gordon, Lord Byron    

            from Manfred, A Dramatic Poem    

            from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Canto the Third: Alpine thunderstorm    

Leigh Hunt, from Blue-Stocking Revels, or The Feast of the Violets    

Dr. Benjamin Spock, from Baby and Child Care    

The Story-Telling Compact   

George Gordon, Lord Byron, A Fragment    

John William Polidori, The Vampyre    

God, Adam, and Satan   

Genesis: chapters 2 and 3 (King James Bible)  

John Milton, from Paradise Lost    

William Godwin, from Political Justice  

George Gordon, Lord Byron, Prometheus   

William Hazlitt, remarks on Satan, from Lectures on the
English Poet    

Percy Bysshe Shelley

            from Prometheus Unbound    

            from A Defence of Poetry    

Richard Brinsley Peake, Frankenstein, A Romantic Drama in Three Acts   


Reviews and Reactions   

            [John Wilson Croker], Quarterly Review, January 1818    

            [Walter Scott], Blackwood’s Edinburgh Review, March 1818    

            (Scot’s) Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, March 1818    

            Belle Assemblée, March 1818    

            British Critic, April 1818    

            Gentleman’s Magazine, April 1818    

            Monthly Review, April 1818    

            Literary Panorama, June 1818    

            Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, March 1823    

            London Morning Post, reviews of Peake’s Frankenstein, July 1823    

            George Canning, remarks in Parliament, March 1824    

            Knight’s Quarterly Magazine, August 1824    

            London Literary Gazette, 1831    

            [Percy Bysshe Shelley, posthumous], Anthenæum, November 1832    

            Frankentalk: “Frankenstein” in the Popular Press of Today            

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