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Not so long ago relative to the world at large in picturesque Geneva not so far from Lake Leman Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley took part in a not so commonplace contest The contest was to write a ghost story The outcome was Frankenstein what is considered today to be a classic one of the first science fiction tales and a story immortalized many times over in film And what at its inception was considered little more than the disturbed and ill conceived writings of a woman by some and a noble if misplaced effort by others Critical readings of the novel have grown over time to encompass more aspects of the critical range and to allow for a broader reading and understanding of the work which accounts for more than merely face value formal rhetorical mimetic or expressive theories alone In March of 1818 the same year Frankenstein was published The Belle Assemblee magazine reviewed Frankenstein In its opening paragraph states that the presumptive works of man must be frightful vile and horrible ending only in discomfort and misery to himself But will all our readers understand this Clearly this reviewer is in some part taking into account rhetorical theories The analysis given is in the interests of the reader so that they might better be able to appreciate the work As well credit is given to formal aspects of the work the excellence of its style and language as well as its originality excellence of language and peculiar interest Though this review was brief and did little more than summarize the book for interested readers of the time it did what many others did not in that it focused on Frankenstein as an original work that offered something new to readers of the time Further reviews from sources such as Blackwoods
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