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Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

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Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus


Multimedia Resources


Teaching Resources




The Search for the Northwest Passage




Biography Resources


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

See also, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from Brandeis University

Mary Shelley 213th Birthday Google Doodle, August 30, 2010

She finished writing the novel "Frankenstein" when she was 19 years-old.

Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, an early women's rights advocate who died days after her birth.

She married the poet Percy Shelley. Their love affair is depicted in a 2017 movie, "A Storm in the Stars", in which she was played by the Hollywood actress Elle Fanning



The image is based on the first stage production of Frankenstein in London in 1823.

T.P. Cooke as Frankenstein's monster, 1823
T.P. Cooke as Frankenstein's monster, 1823


Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus

  • Published March 11, 1818
  • First Science Fiction Novel
  • Popular symbol of feminist literature


Editions of FrankensteinEditions of Frankenstein



Read the text of novel online

Hear the novel read aloud on Librivox

The Shelley-Goodwin Archive: Frankenstein

  • Shows the drafting process for the novel and the collaborative writing process of the Shelley family
  • Has pictures of primary source documents and typed text to translate handwriting



Multimedia Resources


Poster from the 1931 film Frankenstein
Poster from the 1931 film Frankenstein

It's Alive: 1931 Frankenstein Movie Clip staring Boris Karloff

Frankenstein on the Silver Screen has still images from the movies

Did Climate Inspire the Birth of a Monster? NPR, August 13, 2007. This podcast explored how weather, namely the Mount Tambora volcano eruption in Indonesia created the dark and stormy atmosphere depicted in the novel.

PHI Hartman Frankenstein Sketches from Saturday Night Live


Teaching Resources


Google Lit Trips - Frankenstein

Teaching Frankenstein with The New York Times

Maybe Frankenstein Really IS the Monster, Chicago Humanities Festival

A Teacher's Guide to Frankenstein from Penguin Books





Human Genome Project logo


Human Genome Project logo

Can Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Be Read as an Early Research Ethics Text? Medical Humanities, 2004


The Hubris of Dr. Frankenstein and Reproductive Cloning, Albany Medical College

Cloning Fact Sheet, from National Human Genome Research Institute

Will Cloning Ever Save Endangered Animals? Scientific American (March 11, 2013)




The Search for the Northwest Passage


Frankenstein opens with a ship trapped in the Arctic ice, lost on its search for the Northwest Passage


A Northwest Passage Journey Finds Little Ice and Big Changes (2019)

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