Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley's
"Frankenstein" is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature.
The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves
the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells
Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at
the North Pole. Through this simple plot device, Shelley was able to deal with
serious real-world issues like acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, as
well as the universal human need for companionship and love. The novel, of
course, inspired a host of films, from the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff
to "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, " and more recently, a series of novels by Dean
Koontz. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original
dialogue and remains true to Shelley's brilliant vision.