2014 Falmouth Reads Together
About the book: Since its publication in 1818, Frankenstein has been considered the first true science fiction story. In it, scientist Victor Frankenstein creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment, a decision that haunts him. The novel has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture, and continues to engage discussion in many of the most profound philosophical, psychological, social, scientific and spiritual questions of contemporary existence.
About the author: Mary Shelley was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”