The Walker Library: Classical Literature English Literature, The Frankenstein Collection

Posted on February 2, 2017. Filed under: Book Reviews, The Walker Library |

  1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  2. 1818 Edition
  3. Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, A Norton Critical Edition of the 1818 text with Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses and Modern Criticism, Edited by J. Paul Hunter. W.W. Norton & Company: New York, 1996 (335pp.) Read 06-28-16 to 09-11-16, Outstanding! Although I had read an 1831 edition 25 years ago or so (see below) and had seen some of the movies as a kid, this marks the beginning of my serious study of the book. The Norton Critical Editions never disappoint! Paperback.
  4. Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, A Borders Classic. Ann Arbor Media Group: Ann Arbor, MI 2003 (192pp.) Hardback. Received as a gift from my friend and co-worker, Jason Reeves, 2016. This is the 1818 text.
  5. 1831 Edition
  6. Frankenstein or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, A Signet Classic with an Afterward by Harold Bloom (1963). Signet Classics: New York (first Printing 1963, updated bibliography 1983) 224pp. I first read this edition, and took some notes, in December of 1989. I am re-reading this edition in 2017. This paperback is based on the 1831 edition.
  7. Children’s Editions
  8. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Great Illustrated Classics, adapted by Malvina G. Vogel, Illustrations by Pablo Marcos Studio. Baronet Books, Playmore Inc. Publishers: New York, 1993 (239pp.) I purchased this hardback book in 1995 for my children, but, sadly, we never read it. It is wonderfully illustrated on about every other page.
  9. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Classics Illustrated No.13, Adapted by Ruth A. Roche and Illustrated by Norman B. Saunders (front cover), Robert H. Webb, and Ann Brewster; Additional material by Karen Wenborn. CCS Books: Newbury, Berkshire, UK 2016 (49pp.) I purchased this Comic Book in late 2016. It has a helpful 6page discussion guide in the back and the illustrations are in color.
  10. Books About Frankenstein and Mary Shelley
  11. Study Guides
  12. CliffsNotes on Shelley’s Frankenstein, by Jeff Coghill. Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt: Boston, 2001 (88pp.) A helpful guide but it had a few mistakes that should have been edited better. Read 11-29-16 to 12-23-16.
  13. Sparknotes: Frankenstein Mary Shelley. Spark Publishing: New York, 2007 (76pp.) Purchased in late 2016.
  14. Biographies of Mary Shelley
  15. Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters by Anne K. Mellor. Routledge: New York, 1988 (276pp.) Read 09-12-16 to 10-13-16, Outstanding! This book was very well written and extremely helpful!
  16. Mary Shelley, by Miranda Seymour. Grove Press: New York, 2000 (655pp.) Began reading 01-26-17.
  17. Criticism and History of the Novel, etc.
  18. Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock. W.W. Norton & Company: New York 2007 (392pp.) Read 10-14-16 to 11-25-16, Outstanding!
  19. Columbia Critical Guides: Mary Shelley- Frankenstein, edited by Berthold Schoene-Harwood. Columbia University Press: New York 2000 (208pp.)
  20. The Endurance of Frankenstein, edited by George Levine and U.C. Knoepflmacher. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA. 1979 (341pp.)
  • Frankenstein Movies
  1. Frankenstein, the Restored Version, produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr. MCA Universal 1931 (1 Hr. 11 Min.) Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles. Screenplay by Garrett Fort and Francis Edwards Faragoh. Directed by James Whale. I watched this version online in January 2017. I know I had seen at least parts of this movie as a child, but parts did not seem familiar to me. Though a wonderful movie, a classic really, in its own way, I was disappointed in that it did not stick close enough to the novel.
  2. Frankenstein Memorabilia
  3. Frankenstein Movie Poster, matted and framed, December 2016.
  4. A Frankenstein Halloween table decoration, January 2017.

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