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Mary Shelley (1797 - 1851) published Frankenstein at the tender age of 20 years old. The novel was born out of a bet between friends, atLord Byron's residence by Lake Geneva in 1816, on who could write thebest horror story. Mary, flaunting her fertile imagination andoverpowering intellect, composed an immortal tale that won praise from her competitors and would eventually become her first novel, to thedelight of readers all over the world for more than two hundredyears.
Frankenstein narrates the vicissitudes of a scientist namedVictor Frankenstein and the monster he brought to life with hisexperiments. The novel is considered today as one of the forerunnersof science fiction, and with its gothic aesthetics and undeniableinfluence of romanticism, it continues to captivate the imagination of readers around the world and inspires every day all kinds of artistic expressions in every conceivable medium.