Published: 01/02/2009
ISBN: 9780954990923
Format: Paperback

"'a chronological, informative account written in simple language... It contains a good bibliography, brief biographies of other people mentioned in the text, a list of Frankenstein films and snippets of contemporary criticism of Frankenstein which add interest.:
School Library Association Autumn 2009

"….a great learning aid for GCSE students"
Emma Forge, age 18

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Author Robert Hume Robert Hume lives in Broadstairs, Kent, and has taught in three Kent secondary schools. from 1988-2010 he was Head of History at Clarendon House Grammar School in Ramsgate. Robert... read more

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Mary Shelley and the Birth of Frankenstein
by Robert Hume

Mary Shelley had an extraordinary life. Born during a violent storm, she never knew her fanatically feminist mother who died soon after her birth. At sixteen she eloped with a famous poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was already married. At twenty-four years old she was tragically widowed when her husband was drowned in Italy.

She is remembered mainly for her creation and her best-selling novel, Frankenstein, the most famous horror story in the world, which she published when she was only eighteen years old! Making use of the most up-to-date scientific research, she gives a terrifying prediction of the future in which Man, not God, holds the power to create life.

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'A great learning aid for GCSE students' Emma Forge, age 18

'Thomas Crapper makes lively and informative reading, and is warmly recommended for readers in their early teens and onwards.'
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