Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock

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"It's Alive! It's Alive!" When Dr. Frankenstein shrieked those memorable words in the famous creation scene of the 1931 film version of Frankenstein, a new pop culture icon was born! Or was it? In Susan Tyler Hitchcock's engaging history of all things Frankensteinian, we learn that the big green monster was actually a popular figure on the stage in England in the mid 1820's! Created in 1816 by Mary Shelley for her groundbreaking novel, the Frankenstein monster (Frankenstein was the creator, not the monster!) has had an astounding impact on popular culture worldwide ever since. From cartoons, movies, science and literature, Shelley's creation refuses to die and in fact, continues to add to it's legend. Hitchcock literally brings Shelley's creation to life in this engaging and fun history of one of the oldest and most famous of monsters of all time.
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- Submitted by Dan @ Central

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Thanks, Dan, for the friendly mention of my book, which is approaching its first birthday and looking forward to increased visibility as we approach That Time of Year -- the time of monsters. I would be delighted to hear from any readers -- email me at Monstrously yours, Susan




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