Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Frankenstein Manuscript

There is something special about seeing a classic piece of literature exactly as is came from the hand of its creator. Now you can view Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s own original manuscript.


See the story of how she came to write the novel here if you’re not familiar. She said this about her inspiration:

When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie. I saw — with shut eyes, but acute mental vision, — I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half vital motion.

She was only 19 when she wrote this classic piece. Wow…what were WE all doing at 19?…not this!

See the pages here.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.


2 Responses to “Mary Shelley’s Handwritten Frankenstein Manuscript”

  1. This is awesome and inspiring to me personally. I’m definitely going to spill over this a bit. You know, I always sympathized with Frankenstein.

  2. What were we doing at 19? Ugh… Probably something awesome had the internets not been invented 😉 well, may be I’m speaking for myself here…but, I know it eats up an awful lot of my time! I find crafts on-line that I’d like to do and I have plenty of ideas of my own but I can never seem to find the time! Heehee

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