Frankenstein 200

The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster
Rebecca Baumann, Jonathan Kearns
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03905-7
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Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, and in doing so set forth into the world a scientist and his monster. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, famed women’s rights advocate, and William Godwin, radical political thinker and writer, Mary Shelley is considered the mother of the modern genres of horror and science fiction. At its core, however, Shelley’s Frankenstein is a contemplation on what it means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and what it means to fear things suchsuch things as ugliness, loneliness, and rejection.

In celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at Indiana University presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley’s Monster. This beautifully illustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley’s life and influences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book and its characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, and eclectic collections of the Lilly Library. This exhibition catalog is a celebration of books, of the monstrous that exists within us all, and of the genius of Mary Shelley.

Author Bio

Rebecca Baumann is Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library of Indiana University and adjunct faculty with the Department of Information and Library Science. Baumann is obsessively passionate about sharing the library’s eclectic and wide-ranging collections with visitors of all sorts. Her research interests center on the history of the book, with special emphasis on 19th-and 20th-century British and American science fiction, horror, crime, and pulp. She considers herself a defender of weird books and a friend to all monsters.

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