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

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

I. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

A. 1818 Edition

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Annotated Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, edited by Susan J. Wolfson and Ronald L. Levao. Cambridge, Mass: 2012 (387pp.)
  4. Making Humans: Mary Shelley Frankenstein, H.G. Wells The Island of Doctor Moreau, New Riverside Editions, edited by Judith Wilt. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003 (359pp.)
  5. B. 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. C. 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. II. Related Novels & Books
  11. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft. SWB Books: 2010, originally published 1792 in England, (151pp.)
  12. The Last Man, by Mary Shelley, with Introduction and Notes by Pamela Bickley. Ware, Hertfordshire, England: Wordsworth Classics 2004, originally published 1826 (395pp.)
  13. Lodore, by Mary Shelley, edited by Lisa Vargo. Ontario, Canada: 1997, originally published 1835 (555pp.)
  14. Frankenstein Diaries, The Romantics, The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Michael January. Winged Lion Publications: 2015 (235pp.)
  15. Frankenstein Unbound, A Novel, by Brian W. Aldiss. New York: Random House, 1973 (212pp.)
  16. III. Books About Frankenstein and Mary Shelley
  17. A. Study Guides
  18. 1.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.
  19. 2. Sparknotes: Frankenstein Mary Shelley. Spark Publishing: New York, 2007 (76pp.) Purchased in late 2016.
  20. B. Biographies of Mary Shelley
  21. 1. 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!
  22. 2. Mary Shelley, by Miranda Seymour. Grove Press: New York, 2000 (655pp.) Read 01-26-17 to 08-08-17, very good!
  23. 3. Child of Light: Mary Shelley, by Muriel Spark. Welcome Rain Publishers: New York 1987, originally published 1951 (248pp.) Read 01-07-18 to 04-25-18, pretty good.
  24. 4. Mary Shelley, the Author of Frankenstein, by Elizabeth Nitchie. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, N.J. 1953 (255pp.)
  25. 5. Mary Shelley, a Biography, by R. Glynn Grylls. Oxford University Press: London, 1938 (345pp.)
  26. 6. In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Fiona Sampson. New York: Pegasus Books, 2018 (304pp.)
  27. 7. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley, by Charlotte Gordon. New York: Random House, 2015, 2016 (649pp.)
  28. 8. The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein, by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler. New York: Back Bay Books 2006 (374pp.)
  29. Criticism and History of the Novel, etc.
  30. 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!
  31. Columbia Critical Guides: Mary Shelley- Frankenstein, edited by Berthold Schoene-Harwood. Columbia University Press: New York 2000 (208pp.)
  32. The Endurance of Frankenstein, edited by George Levine and U.C. Knoepflmacher. University of California Press: Berkeley, CA. 1979 (341pp.)
  33. Making the Monster, The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, by Kathryn Harkup. London: Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018 (304pp.)
  34. Frankenstein, How a Monster Became an Icon: The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley’s Creation, edited by Sidney Perkowitz and Eddy Von Mueller. New York: Pegasus Books, 2018 (239pp.)
  35. Mary Shelley’s Monster, The Story of Frankenstein, by Martin Tropp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1976, 1977 (192pp.)
  36. In Frankenstein’s Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-century Writing, by Chris Baldick, New York: Oxford University Press, 1987 (207pp.)
  37. The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece, by Roseanne Montillo. New York: William Morrow 2013 (322pp.) Read 08-10-17 to 10-18-17, Very Good!
  • 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 Complete Legacy Collection (All 8 Films from the Original Legacy 1931-1948). Universal City, CA: Universal Studios, 2014. Includes: Frankenstein 1931, The Bride of Frankenstein 1935, Son of Frankenstein 1939, The Ghost of Frankenstein 1942, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 1943, House of Frankenstein 1944, House of Dracula 1945, Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  3. Frankenstein Memorabilia
  4. Frankenstein Movie Poster, matted and framed, December 2016.
  5. A Frankenstein Halloween table decoration, January 2017.
  6. Portrait of Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell, 1840, matted and framed fall 2017.
  7. A Frankenstein coffee cup that is solid black when cold, but when heated you see the face of the monster from the 1931 movie on front and back.
  1. Other

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