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About the Novel

Mary Shelley's story of Victor Frankenstein and the creature he brings to life, first published in 1818, is now more widely read than any other work of the Romantic period.

The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world's first science fiction novel. In Shelley's tale, a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The gentle, intellectually gifted creature is enormous and physically hideous. Cruelly rejected by its creator, it wanders, seeking companionship and becoming increasingly brutal as it fails to find a mate. Read more at


From the Catalog

We have several copies of Frankenstein, plus additional adaptations and related resources, in our collection.

Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Webster's Thesaurus Edition for PSAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and AP English Test Preparation.

Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; M. K. Joseph
Macdonald and Scherf's edition of Frankenstein has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding edition of the novel--for the general reader and the student as much as for the scholar. The editors use as their copy-text the original 1818 version, and detail in an appendix all of Shelley's later revisions. They also include a range of contemporary documents that shed light on the historical context from which this unique masterpiece emerged.

Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Illustrated by Berni Wrightson. Introduction by Stephen King.

Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Edited, with variant readings, an introduction and notes by James Rieger.


Frankenstein is available for download from Project Gutenberg and other public domain eBook providers.


Audio and Video

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DVD: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Starring Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter...

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Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection (DVD)
Originally released as motion pictures: Frankenstein in 1931; Bride of Frankenstein in 1935; Son of Frankenstein in 1939; Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942; House of Frankenstein in 1944.

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Frankenstein (DVD)
Film starring Boris Karloff. Special features included on DVD.


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