Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Frankenstein Illustrated

An illustration showing Victor Frankenstein standing in a doorway, looking with alarm at his creature, a muscular, nude man reclining on the floor over a skeleton. One of the most familiar Halloween characters is that of Frankenstein's monster. The popular conception of the monster has changed over time from Boris Karloff's iconic portrayal to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, the first image of the monster dates to the third edition of Mary Shelley's classic (London: Colburn & Bentley, 1831) in which the monster is depicted by artist Theodor von Holst.

Come see Rauner's recent acquisition of the single volume "popular" edition, in which readers were first presented with a visual portrayal of an icon of modern horror.

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