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English Language & Literature

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” Bicentenary, 1818-2018

This year marks the 200th anniversary since the first edition of Mary Shelley's "fireside ghost story," Frankenstein, was published. A work of immense power, it went on to establish "horror" as a distinct genre within the wider corpus of English literature, and set the standard for subsequent writers of spine-chilling narratives. It is considered by many to be the definitive horror story of all time.

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein (1931)

The ANU Library has a fine collection of Frankenstein-related materials, including various editions of the original text itself, and a selection of these are offered here in celebration of Shelley's masterpiece.

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