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How Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Came to Life

A “Modern Prometheus” that left a timeless mark.

boris karloff as mary shelley's frankenstein, 1935
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"How I, then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea?" — Mary Shelley

theodor von holst fronstispiece to mary shelley frankenstein, 1831
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  • The Theodor von Holst illustration from the frontispiece for the 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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mary shelley miniature portrait by reginald easton, 1857
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  • Miniature portrait of Mary Shelley by Reginald Easton, 1857.

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