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Frankenstein - the Original

Old 03-29-19, 01:43 PM
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Frankenstein - the Original

This is a book I've been semi-wanting to read since high school. I'm checking out listings on Ebay - having narrowed my choice to the original 1818 version (it was revised by Shelley in 1832). What's got me confused is that some books are 170 pages, and others are 304 - yet all claim to be the 1818 version. I could understand a small variance of pages between publishers, but this seems ... odd. Anyone have background on this?
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Old 03-29-19, 06:33 PM
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Re: Frankenstein - the Original

Type size can have a lot to do with it, as can whether or not the edition is annotated.

If they're all claiming to be the unaltered 1818 text, then it's really up to you.

Or, since it's in the public domain, you can go to archive.org and download it for free. Anything written before 1924 is now assuredly in the public domain, making it legal for anyone to do anything (republish, make a graphic novel, make a movie, record an audiobook, write a play based on...) they'd like with it. That goes for movies and audio recordings as well.
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Old 03-29-19, 07:12 PM
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Re: Frankenstein - the Original

The 1831 version includes Shelley's account of how the book came to be written but also has several textual changes.
https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Frank...1831-editions/

If the books have an author introduction then it is likely the 1831 version.


My copy from college.
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Damn ... you were in college in 1831?
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Old 03-29-19, 09:18 PM
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I read a copy from Project Gutenberg last summer. You could read a free e-text, and if you liked it you could buy it as a collectable book.

It's the best ever goth story written by a teenage girl. But it's still a goth story written by a teenage girl. I probably won't read it again.
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Re: Frankenstein - the Original

Originally Posted by rbrown498 View Post
Type size can have a lot to do with it, as can whether or not the edition is annotated.

If they're all claiming to be the unaltered 1818 text, then it's really up to you.

Or, since it's in the public domain, you can go to archive.org and download it for free. Anything written before 1924 is now assuredly in the public domain, making it legal for anyone to do anything (republish, make a graphic novel, make a movie, record an audiobook, write a play based on...) they'd like with it. That goes for movies and audio recordings as well.
Yeah, I considered type/font sizes. I suppose that could account for the discrepancy. If I were curious enough, I could buy both versions and see. But, no.

As for downloading - I appreciate the suggestion, but prefer the physical book. I'm currently in a snobbish mode and won't even read a paperback!
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