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WHY THIS EDITION IS SPECIAL? Inside you can find a J.A. Hammerton work about Mary Shelley's life and her process of writing Frankenstein. J.A. Hammerton was "the most successful creator of large-scale works of reference that Britain has known" Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.