Friday, May 8, 2009

A Monster's Notes


I was first attracted by the book cover design by Peter Mendelsund. The author is Laurie Sheck, and the title will be released on June 23, 2009.

"What if Mary Shelley had not invented Frankenstein’s monster but had met him when she was a girl of eight, sitting by her mother’s grave, and he came to her unbidden? What if their secret bond left her forever changed, obsessed with the strange being whom she had discovered at a time of need? What if he were still alive in the twenty-first century?"  
~ product description

This bold, genre-defying book suggests that Mary Shelley didn't invent the monster, but meets him when she's a young girl and after he's been abandoned by Victor Frankenstein ; this is the monster's account of his and Shelley's lives.

You will see Mary Shelley’s life from her childhood through her elopement with the married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley at 16, her writing of Frankenstein, the births and deaths of her children, Shelley’s famous drowning at 29, her widowhood, her subsequent travels and life’s work, and finally her death from a brain tumor at 54. 

The book can be pre-ordered from amazon.com.  You may be interested to read the other book The Monsters : Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein which also tells the riveting story of Mary Shelley, the famous English poet Lord Byron,  Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary's stepsister Claire Claremont and Byron's physician, John William Polidori who wrote the first Vampire novel.

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