This month sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Originally entitled, The Modern Prometheus, it is a story that many people know, or think they know.
For example people often assume that Frankenstein is the name of the monster, when it actually refers to the monster’s creator, Victor Frankenstein. But how many of these facts were you aware of?
- Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she wrote the book, and just 20 years old when it was published.
- It was originally published anonymously in 1818. Five years later it was published under her own name.
- Mary Shelley was made a widow when her husband, poet Percy Byshe Shelley drowned at sea. She was just 24 years old.
- Frankenstein was written while she and her husband were staying with poet, Lord Byron in Geneva. Byron has set his guests the challenge of writing a horror story.
- Mary Shelley was inspired to write Frankenstein after the image of a man kneeling beside his hideous stretched out creation, came to her in a dream.
- The depiction of the monster with bolts in his neck began in the 1931 film, Frankenstein.
- Frankenstein has featured in well over 55 films and continues to be replicated on screen and throughout popular culture, becoming an enduring horror character.
So if you fancy delving into this classic gothic horror novel, why not pop along to your local Oxfam book shop to see if they have a copy.
At Oxfam Books Petergate in York, this copy was recently spotted lurking in the shadows of the Classics section.
Pop in to see us at 69 Low Petergate, York or have a look for all things Frankenstein at Oxfam Online.