Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Original FRANKENSTEIN manuscript pages in the flesh! First time on display in the U.S.!

Last evening, I unknowingly stumbled upon a limited run exhibit, SHELLEY'S GHOST, at the New York City Public Library focusing on the life and work of poet Percy Shelley and, lo and behold, there is a section devoted to his wife Mary and her monumental work, FRANKENSTEIN (1818/1831)!  On display for the first time in the U.S., from a private collection, were a few original pages in Mary's own handwriting with changes and deletions by Percy's pen as well as some of the earliest book editions!  Amazing, mind blowing stuff!  Never in my life would I have expected to gaze upon any original manuscript pages from FRANKENSTEIN!  The exhibit runs now through June 24th and they stress that photography is forbidden!

For even semi-serious gothic literary fans, you must own THE ORIGINAL FRANKENSTEIN (Vintage) edited by Charles E. Robinson.  This book presents Mary's original draft and includes the revisions by Percy.  Essential!  Oddly, this edition was not even for sale in the library book shop though it matches the draft pages exactly!

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