by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel about a failed artificial life experiment that has produced a monster. It was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, wife of the English Romantic poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. She started writing the story when she was eighteen, but the novel was not published until she was twenty-one. Frankenstein is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the English Romantic movement and is considered an early example of science fiction. It gained a wide audience with the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff as the monster.