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Frankenstein: the Afterlife of Shelley's Circle

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English literature instructors, along with fans of the prolific Shelley/Godwin/Wollstonecraft family, will want to check out this online exhibit and resource collection from the New York Public Library. This exhibit, examines Percy Shelley's life, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its enduring legacy, and other remarkable individuals in the Shelleys' circle, including Lord Byron. The site is organized into four sections: Shelley's Ghost, Frankenstein, Creation & Remix, and Outsiders. Showcased archival materials include a digitized copy of the earliest preserved Percy Shelley poem, "A Cat in Distress"; the frontispiece of an 1831 edition of Frankenstein; and a number of scrapbooks crafted by Anne Wagner and Julia Conyers, who were contemporaries of Percy and Mary Shelley. These books, as the site notes, were one of the few creative outlets available for women during this time period. Another highlight of this site is a series of short dramatic readings of Frankenstein that may serve as valuable classroom resources. Middle and high school English instructors will find additional classroom resources via Educator Resources in the Shelley's Ghost section.
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2017-07-07
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