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Making of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

by Daisy Hay Bodleian Library
Pub Date:
09/2018
ISBN:
9781851244867
Format:
Pbk 128 pages
Price:
AU$32.99 NZ$33.03
Product Status: In Stock Now
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'Invention... does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos' - Mary Shelley.


 


In the 200 years since its first publication, the story of Frankenstein's creation during stormy days and nights at Byron's Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva has become literary legend. In this book, Daisy Hay returns to the objects and manuscripts of the novel's genesis in order to assemble its story anew.


 


Frankenstein was inspired by the extraordinary people surrounding the eighteen-year-old author and by the places and historical dramas that formed the backdrop of her youth. Featuring manuscripts, portraits, illustrations and artefacts, The Making of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein explores the novel's time and place, its people, the relics of its long afterlife and the notebooks in which it was created. Hay strips Frankenstein back to its constituent parts revealing an uneven novel written by a young woman deeply engaged in the process of working out what she thought about the pressing issues of her time: science, politics, religion, slavery, maternity, the imagination, creativity and community. This is a compelling and innovative biography of the novel for all those fascinated by its essential, brilliant chaos.
'Daisy Hay has produced an excellent introduction to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein which merits especial praise for its superb illustrations from the Bodleian's incomparable archive.'
Daisy Hay is the author of 'Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives' and 'Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance'.