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On a stormy night in 1816, a group of friends gathered at a villa on Lake Geneva to tell each other ghost stories. The company, including the poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, had been discussing whether or not human life was simply biological or contained 'the divine spark' of God. That night Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley) experienced a fevered dream about the birth of a terrible creature that was to become one of the most famous horror stories ever written.
When Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus was first published on New Year's Day, 1818, few people could have predicted that the terrifying tale of a meddling scientist would become a lasting touchstone of popular culture.
Hailed as the first science fiction novel it anticipated the era of genetic engineering and medical transplant surgery by more than a century. For 200 years it has influenced the way we think about scientific and medical research. Born from the nightmare of an 18-year-old girl, Shelley's monster has become and enduring legend of modern literature.
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