The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo
A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece

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As Montillo reminds us, Shelley’s story, written almost 200 years ago, raises questions worth exploring today because we’re still figuring out the answers.
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The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Motillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.

Montillo recounts how—at the intersection of the Romantic Age and the Industrial Revolution—Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein was inspired by actual scientists of the period: curious and daring iconoclasts who were obsessed with the inner workings of the human body and how it might be reanimated after death.

With true-life tales of grave robbers, ghoulish experiments, and the ultimate in macabre research—human reanimation—The Lady and Her Monsters is a brilliant exploration of the creation of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s horror classic.

 

About Roseanne Montillo

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Roseanne Montillo holds her MFA from Emerson College, where she teaches courses on literature. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by William Morrow. 339 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Deborah Blum on Feb 01 2013

As Montillo reminds us, Shelley’s story, written almost 200 years ago, raises questions worth exploring today because we’re still figuring out the answers.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Jay on Feb 21 2013

In "The Lady and Her Monsters," as in Mary's Shelley's novel, dizzying scientific horizons share the stage with melancholy and madness, the sensational with the sublime, and burning ambitions with cruel tragedies.

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