‘Cursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?’
A brash young doctor named Victor Frankenstein wants to unlock the secrets to life itself and create the perfect human. Instead, he animates—and abandons—a horrific creature who from its moment of birth is shunned by society and refused all compassion and love. Frankenstein must either face his creature and pay for his hubris, or watch as those he loves pay for his mistake with their lives.
Although Frankenstein was a bestseller when first published in 1818, Shelley heavily revised the 1831 edition to reflect her radically altered outlook on life (changing some of the message from the consequences of personal choice to a more fatalistic viewpoint), as well as to blunt criticisms that her story and her protagonist were ‘immoral.’ This faithful reissue of the beautiful and imaginative 1818 horror story restores the fast-paced, lucid writing of the author’s original tale—the first science fiction book in the English language.