Friday, November 19, 2010
Awaiting Frankenstein . . .
http://www.brian-t-murphy.com/FrankensteinV1.htm 1818 Edition
http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/SheFran.html 1831 Edition
THIS IS A PAGE FROM THE 1817 MANUSCRIPT
THIS IS THE FIRST PAGE OF THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE FIRST EDITION.
In lieu of reading this book, which we do not yet have - alas how monstrous - I would like you to do Internet research about its editions, editing, and manuscript(s).
1. What "editions" of Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus are there?
2. How many times was this novel "edited?" Who were the editors?
3. What is a "manuscript?"
4. Which edition of this novel should we read? Why?
5. How will reading this edition affect our analysis, and interpretation of a novel?
6. Notice the first edition was published "IN THREE VOLUMES." Why do you think it was originally published that way? What did each of these volume contain?
7. What is the book's full title? Who is Prometheus?
8. Notice the 1818 book is "authorless." Why?
9. Read the quotation from John Milton's Paradise Lost. Who is being addressed? Who do you think is speaking? How do you interpret the words?
10. What else do you notice about the first page of the first edition.