Frankenstein : or, The Modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein : or, The Modern Prometheus


British, Monster, Illustrated Edition, Horror, Fiction, Science Fiction, Gothic, 1800s, Romantic Movement, Novel.


Originally printed in a series of three volumes in 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a fictional tale of a scientist, named Victor Frankenstein, who creates life by using a mixture of science and alchemy. The unnamed creature flees from his creator and he is met with hostility and hatred from humans in the area. The creature is ultimately seen as a monster and persecuted. The monster has the singular goal of being accepted and loved by others, ideally a reflection of himself. The book relies on an extended metaphor of Victor Frankenstein playing the role of God, and by extension, the monster serves to play the role of the first man in the Book of Genesis, Adam.

In this edition, a second story is seeded into the bindings. The second story is called The Ghost-Seer, written by Friedrich Schiller, a German author. This printing of The Ghost-Seer is the first of multiple volumes set that placed together, contain the entire text. The story shares many of the same themes as Frankenstein in that it uses religion and necromancy in the presentation of the plot. This male author's work is also considered to be Gothic Literature, and its presented along-side Shelley's to play off the themes present in the prior novel. This technique of adding a shorter portion of a book into the biding was a way for publishers to sell books in the early 1800s, as it worked as a sort of advertising.

Mary Shelley began writing this story when she was at the age of 18. Today, Frankenstein is used as an example of Gothic literature, as it coincides with the time of this artistic movement and displays many of the traits involved with that writing style. Shelley is a prominent English author and helped the emergence of other woman writers as the field in the early 1800s was extremely male dominated. This illustrated edition of the novel includes another story titles The Ghost Seer. The story of Frankenstein has been adapted into multiple plays, movies and TV shows. The importance of this novel in the collection stands for many reasons, as Frankenstein has become a cultural symbol in the modern world, written by a woman when there were few in the field, and as a conduit to learn about Gothic Literature.


Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Friedrich Schiller (The Ghost-Seer)


Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley




Stallings, Samantha. Guy, Teague.


Book, Novel




Fiction, Science Fiction, Gothic, Romantic movement, English Literature,


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Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Friedrich Schiller (The Ghost-Seer) , “Frankenstein : or, The Modern Prometheus ,” Gomatos Reading Room, accessed March 17, 2018,