Pages from the draft of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley had the idea for Frankenstein, her remarkable novel about a student and the monster he creates, while she, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and step-sister Claire Clairmont were staying in Geneva as the holiday neighbours of Lord Byron. Incessant rain confined them indoors, and at Byron’s suggestion they each tried their hand a ghost story. Mary drafted the novel in two notebooks. The first she purchased in Geneva; the second she obtained in England. Her text is accompanied throughout by Shelley’s corrections, revisions and additions. He amends awkward words and loose constructions (particularly in the early chapters), suggests word changes, and adds short passages.

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Two leaves from ‘Draft Notebook B’, 310 x 200 mm