The reason I decided to do Frankenstien as my first line Friday today, is because, the 30th August 2020, 2 days after this post goes up, is The 223rd anniversary of the birth of the writer of the book Mary Shelly.

Frankenstien by Mary Shelly

“You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings”

 Frankenstien by Mary Shelly


This Gothic thriller, romance that is also a tale about the danger of the advancement of science.

The basis of the story is about a young commited scientist Victor Frankenstien, investigating o what causes generations and restoring the life to the lifeless.

After bringing life to a lifeless body, made from stolen body parts, Victor Frankenstien recalls in horror, at what he has done.

Tormented by isolation the once innocent creature turns to violence and a campaign of vengence against Frankenstien

picture of Mary shelly
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About Mary Shelly

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly nee (Godwin) was born on the 30th August 1797 and died on 1st February 1851.

Shelly was brought up by her anhircist father, because her mother died about a month after she was born.  Although her dad married a neighbour 4 years after she was born.

Her eduction was an informal one although based on the anircist principles of her farther.

In 1814 Shelly started a relationship with poet and one of her father’s followerPercy Bysshe Shelley, although he was married at the time. They did marry in on the 30th December 1816, just  3 week after Percy’s first wife as discoverd drowned in the Serpentine on 10th December 1816.

The couple were married for less than 6 years as Percy drowned on the 8th of July 1822 in the Kingdom of Sardinia. The one surviving son Percy Florence.

After Percy’s death Mary Shelly were not well of, although her father-in-law did give her some money for her son. Although things did not improve until Percy Florence git his full allowance when he came of age.

Apart from Frankenstien Shelly wrote a number of other books including travelogues, but she did not write Percy Shelly’s biography as she died on the first of February 1851 of a suspected brain Tumour.

Main Characters

Victor Frankenstein

The sensative scientist who life long obsession creates all the tragic and heart ace that follows

frankenstien's head

The Monster

The creation of victor Frankenstien, who describes himself as

“I, the miserable and abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, kicked and trampled on”


Henry Clerval

Victor’s closest friend who loved enterprise, hardship,and danger for its own sake.


Adopted in to Victor’s family, growing up as his “cousion and bride-to-be”

The De Lacey Family

Felix, Agatha and their blind father are a gentle family observed by the Monster.


The Family’s Arabian visitor whose language lessons are secretly shared with the Monster.


Victor’s young brother and first victim.


William’s and trusted nursemaid, who is wrongly accused of Williams murder.


The Explorer who Victor shares his life story with.


Selected movies

Movie NameRelease Date
Bride of Frankenstein1935
Son of Frankenstein1939
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man1943
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein1957
The Horror of Frankenstein1970
Young Frankenstein1974
Rowing with the Wind1988
Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf1988
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein1994
Hotel Transylvania2012
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein (short film)2019
selected movies containg the character based on Frankenstien
dvd image of 1993 film

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstien
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My Relationship with Frankenstien

I came across the frankenstien like most people from the movies especially from the horror movies and the general culturl refrences in the U.K.

I read the book I would say the late 80’s or early 90’s, when I got the the book collection series the Great Writers, which came with a magazine exploring the book and a hardback copy of the book.

Apart from the Frankenstien horror movies I saw, I did go and see the Mary Shelly’s Frankenstien version of the film in the 90’s.


Selected Books

Title Publication Date
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus3 vols. London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, 1818
Valperga: Or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca3 vols. London: Printed for G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823
The Last Man3 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1826
The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, A Romance3 vols. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830
Lodore3 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1835
Falkner. A Novel3 vols. London: Saunders and Otley, 1837
MathildaEd. Elizabeth Nitchie. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959
Novels by Mary Shelly

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TitleAuthorsPublication DateManuscriptNotes
History of a Six Weeks’ Tour through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland: with Letters Descriptive of a Sail round the Lake of Geneva, and of the Glaciers of ChamouniMary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelle1840Two draft leaves in Mary Shelley’s hand survive and are in the Abinger collection at the Bodleian library: MS. Abinger c. 63The Tour is Mary Shelley’s first published work; it includes the first publication of Percy Shelley’s poem “Mont Blanc
Rambles in Germany and Italy, in 1840, 1842, and 1843Mary Shelley1844
Rambles is Shelley’s last published work.
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