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January 28, 2019
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Book cover of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Speculative Fiction Book Group: Frankenstein

Monday, January 28, 2019

Join us for the very-first meeting of our brand-new book group!

The Menlo Park Library Speculative Fiction Book Groupmeets the fourth Monday of each month. January's book is "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley.

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on January 1, 1818, when she was 20. Shelley's name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

About Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley (1797-1851), the only daughter of writers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, and wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley, is the critically acclaimed author of Frankenstein, Valperga, and The Last Man, in addition to many other works. Mary Shelley's writings reflect and were influenced by a number of literary traditions including Gothic and Romantic ideals, and Frankenstein is widely regarded as the first modern work of science fiction. Today s scholarship of Mary Shelley s writings reveal her to be a political radical, as demonstrated though recurring themes of cooperation and sympathy, particularly among women, in her work, which are in direct conflict with the individual Romantic ideals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.