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Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus

The 1818 Text

Edited with variant readings, an Introduction, and Notes by James Rieger
"James Rieger’s Frankenstein is relatively special among editions: it is the definitive scholarly text, and it is also the most readable copy for the classroom and the general reader. . . .The Rieger Frankenstein is very simply the best edition of this tremendously important and popular novel."—William Veeder, University of Chicago

332 pages | 5.20 x 7.90 | © 1974


Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Table of Contents

Mary Shelley’s Life and the Composition of Frankenstein
Frankenstein as Novel and Myth
Selected Bibliography
Note on the Text

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume One
Preface (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
Volume 2
Volume 3

A. Mary Shelley’s Introduction to the Third Edition (1831)
B. Collation of the Texts of 1818 and 1831
C. The Ghost-Story Contest
Lord Byron, "A Fragment"
John William Polidori, The Vampyre: a Tale
Illustrations from the Thomas Copy (1823)
Half-title Page
Title Page
Volume I, page 23
Volume I, page 77
Lac Léman and the Region of Mont Blanc

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