Slowly I learnt the ways of humans: how to ruin, how to hate, how to debase, how to humiliate. And at the feet of my master I learnt the highest of human skills, the skill no other creature owns: I finally learnt how to lie. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Nick Dear, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2011.
Aubrey, ein junger Engländer, begegnet in der Londoner Gesellschaft Lord Ruthven, einem mysteriösen Edelmann, der zunächst als ein perfekter Gentleman mit besten Manieren und äußerstem Zartgefühl erscheint. Aubrey umwirbt den Lord und begleitet ihn schließlich nach Rom. Seine Vormünder teilen ihm brieflich mit, dass der Lord einen höchst zweifelhaften Charakter offenbart hat, was auch im Nachhinein in London zutage getreten ist.
A stunning new clothbound edition of Mary Shelley's infamous work of horror fiction designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear. This chilling gothic tale, begun when Mary Shelley was just nineteen years old, would become the world's most famous work of horror fiction, and remains a devastating exploration of the limits of human creativity.
In the summer of 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, then eighteen years old, began to write the novel Frankenstein after she and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley took part in a ghost-story competition at Lord Byron’s villa by Lake Geneva. Over the next nine months -- a period which saw their return to England in autumn 1816 and subsequent marriage -- she (with Percy) drafted the entire novel in a form materially different from the two standard editions of 1818 and 1831 which were based on a later fair copy.Until now, no one has been able to read what Mary Shelley herself initially wrote in this original draft of the novel. Going back to the unique draft manuscript of the text held in the Bodleian Library, Charles E. Robinson has teased out Percy Shelley’s amendments, isolating them from the story in Mary Shelley’s hand. Both texts – with and without Percy’s interventions – are presented in this edition, allowing us for the first time to read the story in Mary’s original hand and also to see how Percy edited his wife’s prose.The results are fascinating. We read a more rapidly paced novel that is arranged in different chapters. Above all, we hear Mary’s genuine voice which sounds to us more modern, more immediately colloquial than her husband’s learned, more polished style.To this day, Frankenstein remains the most popular work of science fiction. This edition promises to redefine the ways we read the story and perceive the act of its creation.
The earth is a wide sea, she cried, "and we its passing bubbles; it is a changeful heaven, and we its smallest and swiftest driven vapours; all changes, all passes nothing is stable, nothing for one moment the same." Valperga (1823), the novel Mary Shelley wrote after Frankenstein, is based on the life of Castruccio Castracani (1281-1328), Prince of Lucca. A brilliant soldier and cruel tyrant, he successfully commanded Ghibelline forces in Tuscany against the Guelphs, threatening Florence, their stronghold. Woven into the story of this factional conflict are the tragice destinies of two heroines, fictional creations of the author. Ethanasia, Countess of Valperga (the name of her castle to the north of Lucca), finds herself increasingly torn between loyalty to her Guelph roots and her affection fro Castruccio which began in childhood. Beatrice, who the author's father, William Godwin, described as 'the jewel of the book', is a heretical Paterin with whom Castrucciofalls in love only to abandon. This meticulously researched historical fiction combines a narrative of suspense with a remarkable reconstruction of manners in the Middle Ages. Set in the period of Dante's lifetime, it is also suffused with a poetic spirit which evokes the beauties of Italy's physical environment and points to the melancholy inevitability of change. This edition provides a clear account of the circumstances in which Valperga was composed and published.
In The End of Cinema As We Know It, contributors well known in the 'movie' field talk about the movie industry and look at the variety of new ways we are viewing films. They query whether or not we are getting different, better movies?
Author: Mary Shelley,Walter Scott,Percy Bysshe Shelley
With like many great works of art, 'Frankenstein' was initially misunderstood. The first reviews were decidedly mixed. An anonymous review in The Literary Panorama and National Register published June 1 1818 dismissed Shelley's work as 'a feeble imitation of one that was very popular in its day.' Other periodicals were kinder. Writing in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine on 20 March 1818, Walter Scott praised the unusual Gothic Romance as a "tale, though wild in incident, is written in plain and forcible English, without exhibiting that mixture of hyperbolical Germanisms with which tales of wonder are usually told." 'Frankenstein and the Critics' presents a selection of the most prominent reviews from the time of Frankenstein's publication. Also included is Mary Shelley's uncensored 1818 text often labeled 'Frankenstein 1818' presented in its unabridged entirety. This is the original, 1818 text. In 1831, the more traditionally first "popular" edition in one volume appeared.
Mary Shelley crafted the legendary story of Frankenstein as a ghost story at first. However, the main theme of Frankenstein was seeded long before that. She had this strong drive and interest for supernatural and alchemy. Both of her parents were writers, so there's no accident that she was also involved in that. Mary Shelley is one of the first science-fiction writers emerging at that time. Most of her work was influenced and inspired from her friend, husband, and poet Percy Shelley. Some of her other writings were inspired by Diodati circle. More of that in the biography. In this biography, you'll also learn who Mary was as a person: relationships, family background, childhood. How she coped with tremendous loss in the family and how that influenced her work? How Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein's story and why she published it anonymously at first? What about the other editions and revisions of Frankenstein? Mary Shelley was truly delighted that Frankenstein inspired others to create. She attended performances, plays and productions based on her story and frankly she was quite amused by that fact. Back then it was possible to present a play of the book without the author's permission or entitlement. This made Frankenstein such a success. If you want to learn more about the Frankenstein's creator, grab your copy now!
Das TIME Magazine zählt Marie Kondo zu den 100 einflussreichsten Menschen auf der Welt! In ihrem zweiten Bestseller gibt Marie Kondo, weltweit erfolgreiche Aufräumexpertin, auf klare wie charmante Weise Ratschläge, wie unsere Wohnung aufgeräumt und die Seele im Gleichgewicht bleibt. Detaillierte und illustrierte Beispiele vom optimalen Zusammenlegen der Kleidung bis zum Ordnunghalten in der Küche zeigen uns einen Alltag inmitten von Dingen, die uns guttun. Außerdem bekommt der Leser Hinweise, was man bei Rückfällen tun kann, wie man «schlampige» Familienmitglieder motiviert und wie aus unserer Wohnung mit einfachen Mitteln eine Wohlfühloase wird. Leben mit den Dingen, die man liebt. «Marie Kondo motiviert zum Generalangriff auf das alltägliche Chaos – und macht uns zu selbstbewussten, zufriedenen, ausgeglichenen Menschen.» Für Sie
Als Nathanael zehn Jahre alt ist, erhält sein Vater Besuch vom Sandmann – einem Mann, der den Kindern Sand in die Augen wirft, sodass sie ihnen blutig aus den Köpfen fallen. Jahre später, als Student, trifft er plötzlich auf eben dieses Monster ... Korrektur gelesen und in neuer deutscher Rechtschreibung.
Der junge Werther hat seinen Heimatort verlassen, um für seine Mutter eine Erbschaftsangelegenheit zu regeln und so zugleich eine unglückliche Liebesgeschichte hinter sich zu lassen. Auf der Fahrt zu einem Tanzvergnügen mit anderen jungen Leuten macht die Kutschgesellschaft beim Haus des Amtmanns Halt, um dessen Tochter Lotte abzuholen. Werther sieht sie, umringt von ihren acht jüngeren Geschwistern, denen sie ihr Abendbrot von einem Brotlaib abschneidet, und ist tief beeindruckt von dieser Szene, vor allem aber von dem schönen Mädchen, das hier ganz die Mutterrolle übernommen hat.
London, 1818. Es sind schwere Zeiten, gefährliche Zeiten – besonders für einen 15-jährigen Straßenjungen, der ganz allein um sein Überleben kämpft! Und so geht Billy, der Taschendieb, einen gewagten Handel ein.