Dr. Frankenstein appears to embody the best of scientific knowledge. What could be more impressive than mastering chemistry and galvanism? But his fanatical experimentation exhibits the worst of human nature as well: pursuit of the divine at the expense of wisdom. Then the tables are turned, and Dr. Frankenstein tries to take life where he once gave it—for Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster lives. The guilty Dr. Frankenstein and his universally abhorred creation are bound together in a frantic search for happiness and a normal existence, but death seems to follow the Creature.
“Frankenstein impresses us with a high idea of the author's original genius and happy power of expression.” ~ Sir Walter Scott
Written in 1818 by an eighteen-year-old, this Canon Classic is a terrifying Gothic novel, a vivid product of the Romantic movement, and perhaps one of the first works of science fiction. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics are printed on thicker text stock, are bound with distinctive felt paperback covers, and feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.