En expédition vers le pôle Nord, Robert Walton adresse à sa soeur des lettres où il évoque l'étrange spectacle dont il vient d'être le témoin depuis son bateau : la découverte, sur un iceberg, d'un homme en perdition dans son traîneau. Invité à monter à bord, Victor Frankenstein raconte qu'il n'est venu s'aventurer ici que pour rattraper quelqu'un - qui n'est autre que la créature monstrueuse qu'il créa naguère, et qui s'est montrée redoutablement criminelle. Paru en 1818, Frankenstein est né deux ans plus tôt sur les bords du Léman, un jour où Lord Byron proposait à quelques amis, dont le poète Shelley et son épouse Mary, que chacun écrivît une histoire de spectre. Ce roman fantastique annonce la science-fiction et, depuis près de deux siècles, n'a cessé de susciter un sublime effroi - de terrifier, donc, mais surtout de séduire.
«I am by birth a Genevese, and my family is one of the most distinguished of that republic. My ancestors had been for many years counsellors and syndics, and my father had filled several public situations with honour and reputation...» Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.
Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement, and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction.
Since the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often been used to refer to the monster itself.
Frankenstein ou Le Prométh ée moderne (Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus) est un roman « gothique » et considéré comme le précurseur de la science-fiction, publié en 1818 par la jeune romancière anglaise Mary Shelley.
Robert Walton, lors de son voyage au Pôle Nord, rencontre un certain Victor Frankenstein à qui il sauve la vie. Ce dernier lui raconte le récit de sa malheureuse vie : il s'agit d'un docteur habitant à Genève ayant découvert le secret de donner la vie. Ce dernier crée une créature extrêmement hideuse, à ce point qu'au moment même où le « monstre » prend vie, Frankenstein prend la fuite. Cependant le « monstre » le poursuit en tuant ses proches, surtout après le refus de ce dernier de lui fabriquer une compagne. Frankenstein décide alors de supprimer lui-même le monstre. Ce dernier l'entraine vers le Pôle Nord où la créature Frankenstein s'égare et finit par mourir. Le « monstre » apprenant la mort de son créateur, pris de remords, décide alors de mettre fin à sa propre vie.
Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Shelley had travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim which is just 17 km (10 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where two centuries before an alchemist was engaged in experiments. Later, she traveled in the region of Geneva (Switzerland - where much of the story takes place - and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her lover and future husband, Percy Shelley. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for days, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made her dream later evolved into the story within the novel. Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. This special limited edition has been released to commemorate the 1818-2018 200th Anniversary of this legendary novel.
The Gothic Trilogy : Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (unabridged versions) in one volume ! Three Classic Gothic Novels in One Book only ! 1) Dracula, 2) Frankenstein, 3) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- all three classics complete and unabridged versions by Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and Robert Louis Stevenson.
1) Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. It introduced the character of Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel, and invasion literature. The novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film, and television interpretations.
2) Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797-1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. At the same time, it is an early example of science fiction. Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because, in contrast to previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results. It has had a considerable influence in literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories, films and plays.
3) Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. The work is also known as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London legal practitioner named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil.