The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
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A New York Times Notable Book and
Providence Journal Best Book of the Year

From the incomparable Peter Ackroyd: a brilliant re-imagination of the classic tale that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries.
 
Victor Frankenstein, a researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley form an unlikely friendship as first-years at Oxford. Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life—concepts that become an obsession for the young scientist. As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor’s purposes…
 
Filled with the literary lights of the day, including Percy Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect voice, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the twenty-first century.




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About Peter Ackroyd

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PETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River, London: The Biography, and the first volume of his history of England, Foundation. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.
 
Published September 25, 2009 by Anchor. 370 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Victor Frankenstein finds an ally in fellow Oxford student Percy Bysshe Shelley, a passionate atheist who shares his ideas of a new, fairer society of men uncoupled from divine creation.

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For a mad scientist, Victor is awfully well connected — better, even, than Charles and Mary Lamb, who held center stage in Ackroyd’s lovely novel of the Romantic age, “The Lambs of London.” Thomas Rowlandson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Sarah Siddons drift fleetingly into the Lambs’ orbit, and ...

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The New York Times

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This novel’s Frankenstein hobnobs with Byron and the Shelleys.

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The Guardian

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Young Frankenstein, guided by Shelley, meets the radical Westbrook family (Shelley will soon marry the daughter, Harriet), chats with Humphrey Davy, and tracks down some resurrection men.

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The Guardian

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The original Frankenstein's monster, brought to life at the Villa Diodati in the imagination of Mary Shelley, was already a Romantic archetype.

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Young Frankenstein, guided by Shelley, meets the radical Westbrook family (Shelley will soon marry the daughter, Harriet), chats with Humphrey Davy, and tracks down some resurrection men.

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Book Reporter

What if Victor Frankenstein, self-professed scientist, were to.

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The Independent

Here, Peter Ackroyd has merged the real lives of Shelley and his wife, Mary, with that of Victor Frankenstein, who was, of course, Mary's invention.

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The Telegraph

Whereas Frankenstein's original monster was 8ft tall with black lips and translucent skin, this monster is not really a monster at all - at least not physically.

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The Telegraph

Two of Gothic fiction's most durable characters, Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, not only inhabit the same world as their creator, Mary Shelley, but have a decisive influence on it.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Following his penchant for interweaving diverse sources, Ackroyd introduces a host of real-life characters in the narrative: from Mary Shelley (née Godwin) herself to her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, here an enigmatic influence on Victor, the narrator and creator of the eponymous monst...

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PopMatters

Poe can be credited with inventing the modern horror story, the modern detective story, and, possibly, the modern sci-fi story.

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Historical Novel Society

Dr Frankenstein has a fearful secret in the knowledge that during his experiments with electrical forces in London he has reanimated a corpse, who is now running amok as a fearsome and ugly monster, seeking some form of revenge for his resurrection, haunting Frankenstein with the terrible being h...

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Story: It is a story that has been drummed into the minds of English literature students for almost two centuries.

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Chamber Four

I bought this book on a dorky impulse (it’s the sort of thing that occurs often), mostly because Frankenstein is one of my favorite novels, and because I had recently read John Kessel’s awesome short story, “Pride and Prometheus.” Peter Ackroyd does Shelley’s book justice, deftly weaving historic...

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