Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Upcoming Book Discussion: Frankenstein

Book Discussion RS Meeting
Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm
@ Jill Fairchild's
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

In the summer of 1816, a young, well-educated woman from England traveled with her lover to the Swiss Alps. Unseasonable rain kept them trapped inside their lodgings, where they entertained themselves by reading ghost stories. At the urging of renowned poet Lord Byron, a friend and neighbor, they set their own pens to paper, competing to see who could write the best ghost story.

The young woman, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, took the prize, having composed a story creepy enough not only to take its place alongside the old German tales that she and her Alpine companions had been reading, but also to become a bestseller in her time and a Gothic classic that still resonates with readers almost two centuries later.

If you haven't had time to read, do a quick brush-up:

"Man," I cried, "how ignorant art thou in thy pride of wisdom!"


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