“Frankenstein can be seen as an experiment—or almost a laboratory—that brings together science and literature”
Nick Groom, Literary Scholar
“Shelley had no truck with modesty and restraint, or doing what was expected of her. She let her imagination go as far as it could.”
Sarah Perry, Novelist
“Does it speak directly to transhumanism? I think so.”
Mark O'Connell, Journalist
“What a lot of commentators have said, and I believe it’s on the right track, is that Frankenstein’s own fear of death is fueling his revulsion to the creature.”
Sheldon Solomon, Psychologist
“We never give credit to the fact that women have started whole genres of fiction.”
Erica Jong, Novelist
Adam Roberts, Novelist
“At the beginning of the novel, Doctor Frankenstein creates a monster who lives like a human being and has the heart of a human being too. But the monster is unloved and unlovable and he becomes what we would call nowadays a sociopath.”
Stella Tillyard, Historian
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