Oxford World's Classics

Oxford World's Classics

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OWC NewsJanuary 24, 2018

200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

200 years ago on January 1st 1818, Shelley’s immensely powerful contribution to science fiction, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, was published in an edition of 500 copies by a small London publishing house, Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones. The first edition was issued anonymously, and appeared in triple-deckerformat, the standard format  for first editions back then. It is darker, harder, and wittier than the story widely-known today through theatrical and film adaptations  of the third edition, which was heavily revised by the author herself to be published in 1831. The Oxford World’s Classics series makes both of these editions available.

The Bodleian Library’s archive in Oxford is known to house the Frankenstein manuscripts and pertinent ephemera. The archived website of their exhibition, “Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the image of a literary family” which ran from 2010 through 2012, gathers informative resources on Mary Shelley and her celebrated family. (Shelley’s father was the political philosopher and novelist William Godwin, her mother was the feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, and her husband was the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.)

Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism. Since its appearance, the seminal work has influenced millions of people across the globe. The bicentennial is the good occasion to ask what Frankenstein means now. Various projects, both literary and scientific, are ongoing and forthcoming in 2018. Here are not all but some of the examples.

In the U.K., the Royal Mint has unveiled that a new two-pound coin will commemorate “Frankenstein” in the steel-colored centre, with the description “The Modern Prometeus” in the yellow outer ring. Further detail about this exciting news for the coin collectors may be found on the Royal Mint’s blog.

New Titles

The Odyssey

February 2018

The Interesting Narrative

January 2018

The Scarlet Pimpernel

January 2018

Swann in Love

November 2017

Bestsellers---based on the sales in Japan from July 1st - December 31st, 2017.