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Frankenstein is most likely one of the oldest surviving horror stories The image of large green groaning monster with a bolted neck and a stitched brow is famous worldwide However the creature born in Mary Shelleys mind over two hundred years ago was much more complex for it was not only murderous and raging but articulate lonely and gravely misunderstood by the rest of the world ltbgtMary Shelleyltbgt Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born on August 30th 1797 in Somers Town Great Britain Her parents were both well-known Her father William Godwin was a philosopher and her mother Mary who died shortly after giving birth to her was a feminist At the age of ten Mary Shelley published her first poem and at the age of sixteen she fell in love with a married man Percy Shelley In 1816 the two were wed and were invited to visit Lord Byron in Geneva Switzerland While she was there the host suggested that each guest write a ghost story and thus was the birth of the tale known as Frankenstein although the book wasnt published until 1818 The story itself is affected by a series of tragedies that had recently occurred in Marys life such as the suicides of her elder sister Fanny and Percys first wife Harriet Out of Marys four children only one survived and after her husband drowned Mary devoted the rest of her life to raising her son Mary became an invalid at the age of forty-eight and died in 1851 of a brain tumour ltbgtSummaryltbgt At the beginning of the book we follow Robert Walton an English adventurer on his expedition towards the North Pole On their journey Walton and his crew noticed a massive figure driving a dogsled quite some distance ahead of them The following morning another sledge washed up alongside the ship the driver weary and near death This mysterious stranger was Victor Frankenstein He said
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