Many moons ago, when there was still snow on the ground as I recall, Frances and Audrey mentioned a read along of Frankenstein this June. On the 16th to be exact. I am always eager for a read along of a classic, especially with fellow bloggers, and when Restless Books emailed me about their release of Frankenstein, they frosted a cake already sitting on my plate.
Look at an example of the fascinating illustrations by Eko:
held within the cover:
Their edition is set apart from others as explained below:
“The Restless Classics of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus uses the text from the original 1818 edition. The 1831 edition of Mary Shelley’s work, edited by Percy Shelley, includes significant departures from the 1818 printing: the illumunative epigraph from Paradise Lost and the references to scientific and political ideas emerging at the time of the book’s composition are removed, the arrangement and numbering of characters’ letters are changed, and instances in which Victor Frankenstein exercises free will in the process of creating his creature are altered to put his character more at the mercy of chance and fate In using the novel’s 1818 text, Restless Classics present a version that is much less available in other classroom volumes and that more closely reflects the author’s original intention and the intellectual environment from which the work emerged.” ~from the Introduction
But whether you have this beautiful edition or not, please feel free to join Frances and I in reading this fabulous classic novel by Mary Shelley, wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and friend of Lord Byron. Why? Well besides our excellent company, there’s this reason: “Although serving as the basis for the Western horror story and the inspiration for numerous movies in the 20th century, the book Frankenstein is much more than pop fiction. The story explores philosophical themes and challenges Romantic ideals about the beauty and goodness of nature.” (source)