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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Resources about Mary Shelley and her novel Frankenstein

Mary Shelley and Her Circle

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FRANKENSTEIN: Seeking to better understand Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the original manuscript and traces the story of Mary's life. She finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself, discovers clues of another writer's influence, sees a critique of the Romantic ideal of the solitary creative genius, and examines the influence of Mary's parents. Professor Roberts shows that the ideas informing Frankenstein make the novel much more than a simple horror story. Mary Shelley's account does deal in death, but ultimately it provokes us to ask questions about how we live.

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PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY:  This film explores the life of English writer Percy Bysshe Shelley, from his rebellious days at school to his untimely death at the age of 30. A brief overview of his work includes pamphlets and poems.

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FRANKENSTEIN AND THE VAMPYRE: A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT:    On 16 June 1816, trapped inside a villa by insatiable thunderstorms erupting across Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Lord Byron challenged his party of young bohemians to a ghost story competition. That night, Byron’s challenge gave birth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Polidori’s The Vampyre, the first great vampire novel. Combining drama and a stellar cast of popular writers, including Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood, this documentary explores of one of the most significant moments in gothic history and its lasting effect on modern literature.