'Frankenstein' Has Become a True Monster

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'Frankenstein' Has Become a True Monster

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Two hundred years ago on New Year’s Day, a third-rate publisher issued an anonymous novel with an outlandish premise, quickly discounting most of the 500 print copies after slow sales. Despite this inauspicious beginning, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus,” has haunted us all the way to a time when life is routinely reinvented in a lab.

Why are we still reading this book, which (according to the Columbia University-based Open Syllabus Project) is assigned in more college classes than any other novel? With…

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