Copyright Of 'Frankenstein': 5 Things To Know

Law360 (October 30, 2018, 5:39 PM EDT) -- The first edition of "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,"[1] was published in 1818, 200 years ago. Originally offered to the public as an anonymous work, "Frankenstein" was both the apogee of the gothic horror novel and the birth of the science fiction genre.

The public did not learn until years later that this masterpiece had been penned by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.[2] Shelley had written the work on a rainy day in 1816, when she was only 19. Incredibly, 20-year-old John Polidori[3] was simultaneously inventing the vampire genre just down the hall in the same Geneva villa.

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