CARL H. PFORZHEIMER COLLECTION OF SHELLEY AND HIS CIRCLE / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CARL H. PFORZHEIMER COLLECTION OF SHELLEY AND HIS CIRCLE / NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', 1831 edition frontispiece. This illustration was the first visual depiction of Frankenstein and the creature he created. The novel 'Frankenstein' was published in 1818 by English author Mary Shelley (1797-1851). It tells the story of a scientist (Victor Frankenstein) creating new life in the form of a humanoid creature. The quote below the frontispiece describes the moment the creature came to life: 'By the glimmer of the half-extinguished light I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.' Shelley's novel, subtitled 'The Modern Prometheus', was an immediate success, with the story retold and republished ever since. This engraving is by William Chevalier after an artwork by Theodor von Holst.
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