Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster (Special Publications of the Lilly Library)

November 1, 2020
Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster (Special Publications of the Lilly Library)

Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that stillwalks among us. In 1818, Mary Shelley publishedFrankenstein, and in doing so set forth into the world ascientist and his monster. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft,famed women's rights advocate, and William Godwin, radicalpolitical thinker and writer, Mary Shelley is considered the motherof the modern genres of horror and science fiction. At its core,however, Shelley's Frankenstein is a contemplation on whatit means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and whatit means to fear things suchsuch things as ugliness, loneliness,and rejection.In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of thepublication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at IndianaUniversity presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, andResurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster. This beautifullyillustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley's life andinfluences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book andits characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, andeclectic collections of the Lilly Library. This exhibition catalogis a celebration of books, of the monstrousness that exists withinus all, and of the genius of Mary Shelley.