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Critical Essays on Frankenstein, Part II

And now, some of the essays from the Norton Second Edition of Frankenstein! (As a quick reminder, the original edition is my personal copy; the 2012 Second Edition was supplied by the publisher for review). The Introduction: “[Frankenstein's] central narrative of creative overreaching and bitter disillusionment in a sense outgrew the novel itself and became [...]

Critical Essays on Frankenstein, Part 1

The Norton Editions (original and second edition) have essays and other materials about Frankenstein. I enjoyed reading them; it reminded me what I liked about school. Yes, I’m the type of person who likes school. Here are my scattered thoughts and reactions about some of those essays from the 1995 Critical edition. Shelley’s Preface: The [...]

Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. 1818. Norton Critical Edition, W. W. Norton & Co., 1995, personal copy. Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition, W.W. Norton & Co., 2011, review copy from publisher. (Thank you to W.W. Norton & Co., who after learning about this project, sent me the newest edition). The Plot:  Young Victor Frankenstein discovers the [...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III; chapters IV to VII; chapters I to IV; chapters V to IX; chapters I to IV. Chapter V Victor and his father are heading home, and Victor confesses his guilt for the deaths of William, Justine, and Henry. His father [...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III; chapters IV to VII; chapters I to IV; chapters V to IX. Volume III Chapter I Victor, having agreed to Bride of Frankenstein, is now back in Geneva. He’s being Victor, in that he is avoiding what he agreed to [...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III; chapters IV to VII; chapters I to IV. Chapter V Wait, there is something new! Someone new! A pretty woman is visiting! An Arabian named Safie! This was totally not in the movies! Or if it was I don’t remember! For [...]

Frankenstein

Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III; chapters IV to VII. Volume II Chapter I “Justine died.” Poor Justine! Meanwhile, the father is being the voice of reason and cautions all against “immoderate grief.” They are in the house in Belrive; Victor spends his days on the [...]

Frankenstein

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Frankenstein chapter by chapter reading, continued. Confused? Read my introduction post; chapters I to III. Chapter IV “It was on a dreary night of November, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toil.” Another terrific line. Victor is really unclear on the specifics of his jigsaw puzzle man, including how he was put together and [...]

Frankenstein

As I explained last month, I’m doing a chapter by chapter reading of Frankenstein. So, this will be reactions, some quotes. Rest assured, I enjoyed this book, even if I get a little snarky at times! It’s snark with love. Volume I. Letters.  Dec 11. 17__ Wait, this begins with a letter written in Russia [...]

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In my review of Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor, I mentioned how I have never read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I wanted to make this fun, for me and you, so here’s what is happening. Instead of a traditional review, I’m going to be sharing my chapter by chapter reactions over several posts. Those posts will [...]