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Commemorating the two-hundredth anniversary of Frankenstein, trace the origins and impact of Mary Shelley's novel ― a classic of world literature, a masterpiece of horror, and a forerunner of science fiction. Shelley conceived the archetype of the mad scientist who dares to flout the laws of nature. She devised a conflicted creature, eloquent and repulsive, torn between good and evil. In the movies he can be a brute pure and simple, yet he is still an object of compassion. Includes an art gallery with illustrations by Wrightson, Lynd Ward and Barry Moser, comics by Dick Briefer and Ploog, powerful movie posters and much more. Handsome black cloth with silver-embossed cover design.
A serious look at all the derivations of Frankenstein, including a detailed history of the early books, plays and portrayals by artists in the 1800s. Profusely illustrated with many rare, highly collectible editions, manuscripts, and props.
Theatrical adaptations made the fame of Frankenstein. Shelley wrote a novel of ideas with a philosophizing creature, hardly the stuff of a mass-market bestseller. In the theater, however, the monster is mute, a terrifying transformation accomplished by actor Thomas P. Cooke, who played the part in 1823, and took London and Paris by storm. Subsequent dramatizations caught the popular imagination and inspired the movie versions, which spawned spin-offs, sequels, mash-ups, tributes, and parodies.
Replicants of Frankenstein are so prevalent in today’s culture that the name has become a meme signifying forbidden science, unintended consequences, and ghastly amalgamations. This engaging visual record begins with a biography of the author and continues through current reinterpretations of the story. Many of the contextual images have never been published before in print.
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Item Code ITSALH Publisher New York Public Library Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781911282419 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 8x11 # Pages 336pg Color Text/Partial Color
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