Did you know Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turned 200 this year? Assembled from body parts torn from cadavers and brought to life with a powerful spark, Frankenstein’s noble monster is one of literature’s most beloved creatures whose legacy “continues to influence the way we confront emerging technologies, conceptualize the process of scientific research, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls.” To honor the novel’s historic birthday, the Keats-Shelley Association of America has created Frankenreads, an international celebration of the Modern Prometheus which will feature a number of Frankenstein-themed events throughout the year (like public readathons of the novel on October 31, 2018!). Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Mary Shelley”
“So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”
19th century writer and poet Mary Shelley is known best for having written a gothic horror story staple Frankenstein. The famed backstory to Frankenstein centers around a writing challenge presented one evening after reading ghost stories with her husband, Percy Shelley, and their small circle of creative friends Jane Clairmont, Lord Byron and John Polidori. The challenge was to create their own horror story, and Shelley’s dedication to creating the ultimate tale to inspire fear and thought has cemented her name—and the name of her creation—for all literary history.