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Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus  (1831)  by Mary Shelley
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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, first published in London in 1818, is a novel infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement. It was also a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution. The story has had an influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories and films. Many distinguished authors, such as Brian Aldiss, claim that it is the very first science fiction novel.— Excerpted from Frankenstein on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Illustration by Theodore Von Holst from the frontispiece to the 1831 edition.
Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould Me man? Did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?—
Paradise Lost (x. 743-5)