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Frankenstein
Contributor(s): Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Karbiener, Karen (Introduction by)

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ISBN: 1593080050     ISBN-13: 9781593080051
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2003
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Annotation: "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics": New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
Mary Shelley began writing "Frankenstein" when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, "Frankenstein" tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter," Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turnsto evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
"Frankenstein," an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises rofound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.


Karen Karbiener received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and currently teaches literature at New York University.


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Additional Information
Dewey: FIC
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 6.50" H x 4.00" W x 0.75" (0.35 lbs) 288 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 533
Reading Level: 12.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 17.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42113
Reading Level: 2.1   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Karen Karbiener received a Ph.D. from Columbia University and currently teaches literature at New York University.


 
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