Frankenstein Read-Along This June



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)

13 thoughts on “Frankenstein Read-Along This June”

  1. I remembered about this the other day when I was looking through my diary – definitely something to look forward to. Can’t wait!


    1. It seems a bit strange to be reading Frankenstein in June, when I think of it as an autumnal book, but I guess any time is good for a classic, right? I checked to see if there was any significance with its publication date, but that was in March 1818, so there’s no connection there. At any rate, I look forward to reading with you and Frances and anyone else. xo


  2. We decided to read it this June because it’s the 200th anniversary (on the 15th, I think) of the night when, as the story goes, the idea for the book came to Mary Shelley in a dream…


    1. Yes, that’s what I remember reading, and I am immediately adding your name to the suggestion of this book in my post. Somehow, I thought it was Frances alone, my apologies.


  3. Okay then! I have wanted to revisit this novel for a long time now, and thought about it recently while watching some clips from the James Whale film. While I can’t promise to write about it given an exceptionally busy month ahead, I will certainly read it. The 1818 edition sounds mightily intriguing.


    1. If anyone can understand about exceptionally busy months, it’s me. Still, I’m glad you’re considering a read of the 1818 edition of Frankenstein with us. You always have such good insights, should you be able to post or comment around the edges of your day.

      I’m really enjoying Hill; the slow pace, the description of the French countryside, is just what I need right now as I wrap up school.


  4. Such a great and important novel! I won’t be taking part (you may recall my poor showing with Little, Big last year, ahem) but I will be reading all the posts with interest. 🙂 Enjoy!


    1. “Poor showing”…these books and blogs are for our pleasure not our “pain.” I’m glad for any input, any idea you have ever shared. Please do feel free to comment when the posts appear; I’m sure I’ll miss something important that Shelley was trying to say, as concerned with creation and God as I am.


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