Frankenstein (科學怪人)

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in England on August 30, 1797. Her parents were two celebrated liberal thinkers, William Godwin, a social philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a women's rights advocate. Eleven days after Mary's birth, her mother died of puerperal fever. Four motherless years later, Godwin married Mary Jane Clairmont, bringing her and her two children into the same household with Mary and her half-sister, Fanny. Mary's idolization of her father, his detached and rational treatment of their bond, and her step-mother's preference for her own children created a tense and awkward home. Mary's education and free-thinking were encouraged, so it should not surprise us today that at the age of sixteen she ran off with the brilliant, nineteen-year old and unhappily married Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley became her ideal, but their life together was a difficult one. Traumas plagued them: Shelley's wife and Mary's half-sister both committed suicide; Mary and Shelley wed shortly after he was widowed but social disapproval forced them from England; three of their children died in infancy or childhood; and while Shelley was an aristocrat and a genius, he was also moody and had little money. Mary conceived of her magnum opus, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, when she was only nineteen when Lord Byron suggested they tell ghost stories at a house party. The resulting book took over two years to write and can be seen as the brilliant creation of a powerful but tormented mind. The story of Frankenstein has endured nearly two centuries and countless variations because of its timeless exploration of the tension between our quest for knowledge and our thirst for good. Shelley drowned when Mary was only 24, leaving her with an infant and debts. She died from a brain tumor on February 1, 1851 at the age of 54.

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Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
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Published on
Mar 15, 2011
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Pages
31
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ISBN
9781477466698
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Genres
Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language
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"There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand..."

Mary Shelley:  literary queen of the Romantic era, deeply influenced by the Gothic tradition, and arguably the matriarch of the Science Fiction genre. Her works, though composed in the 1800s, contain elements straight out of today's headlines: the tension between what science can do vs. what it should do, cryonics, contagion, apocalypse and other dark futuristic themes. Shelley introduced the world to the first "mad scientist" character in her most popular work, Frankenstein, inspiring generations of horror stories, films, and comic books.

This collection includes:

Novels
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus
Mathilda
The Last Man
Valperga
Lodore
Falkner
The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

Children's Literature
Proserpine & Midas

Short Stories
The Dream
The Mortal Immortal
The Evil Eye
The Invisible Girl
The Heir of Mondolfo
Transformation

Non-Fiction
Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Biography
Mrs. Shelley by Lucy Madox Rosetti

Audiobook Links: Links to download free, full-length audiobooks for some of Mary Shelley's works can be found at the end of the book.

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