Almost 200 years ago, in the summer of 1816, a group of friends —Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, her lover and future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, among others— gathered at Villa Diodato in Lake Geneva, Switzerland where, one night, after amusing each other by reading ghost stories, Byron challenged them to write their own. 911 more words
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This essay discusses Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818). There are spoilers.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel, originated many horror tropes that we now take for granted: the obsessive mad scientist, resurrection of the dead, the misunderstood monster, and the ultimate folly of playing god. 711 more words