The New Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first time I've ever read Frankenstein (I've also never seen the old Boris Karloff movie), and I think I picked the right edition. Leslie S. Klinger was there with me the whole way through, annotating away, and I was very much glad for it. Frankenstein SEEMS like a short book, but it is a dense book. I think most people know a little bit about Frankenstein (I've seen Penny Dreadful AND Young Frankenstein, plus The Munsters, so I had that little dangerous bit of learning). I did not, however, know that the monster probably spoke only French; or that Victor Frankenstein and family was Swiss; or that the entire book is an epistolary novel (and an ingenious one at that). The book has incredibly good illustrations (including a really kick ass cover) and also has some great biographical information about the Shelleys at the beginning - who were very much ahead of their time (and perhaps ahead of our time too). There is a TERRIFIC essay by Frankenstein(ian?) professor Anne K. Mellor at the back too - be sure and do not skip it.
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