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Frankenstein, titre manuscrit

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Eté 1816. A l’âge de 18 ans, Mary Shelley séjourne au bord du Lac Léman en Suisse avec celui qui deviendra son mari, Percy Shelley, et quelques amis, Lord Byron, Claire Clairmont sa belle-sœur et John Polidori. Le temps est pluvieux, et lors d’une orageuse soirée, pour se distraire, Lord Byron lance l’idée d’un concours : c’est à celui qui inventera la meilleure histoire de fantômes. Lui-même se met à rédiger Le Vampire. La jeune femme, bien décidée à rédiger une histoire à glacer le sang elle-aussi, s’attelle à la tâche sans imaginer que son roman deviendrait culte, inspirant des générations de lecteurs, d’écrivains et de réalisateurs.

le manuscrit original de Frankenstein, ouvert

Chef d’œuvre de la littérature, Frankenstein puise dans plusieurs genres. Gothique, fantastique, épouvante… Il explore de nombreuses thématiques comme le mythe de Prométhée et les avancées de la science. Certains spécialistes pensent que l’idée de laquelle Frankenstein naît, à savoir la capacité de redonner la vie à ce qui est éteint, a été soufflée à Mary par un drame personnel – la perte de son bébé de sept mois quelques temps auparavant.

Publié en 1818, c’est un succès immédiat. Mary Shelley va cependant le remanier pour la version qui paraît en 1831. A l’occasion des 200 ans de la publication de Frankenstein, les Saints Pères proposent la reproduction du manuscrit de Mary Shelley, conservé à la Bodleian Library (Oxford).

Le manuscrit de Mary Shelley

L'écriture de la romancière se déploie avec élégance pour dessiner un personnage qui marquera à jamais l'histoire de la littérature. Percy, poète déjà reconnu, a annoté le manuscrit : c’est un dialogue à la fois littéraire et intime entre les amants qui s’esquissent au fil des pages.

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En effet, c’est en partie grâce à Percy que le style de Mary se fait plus limpide et que la fameuse créature monstrueuse de Viktor Frankenstein prend au fur et à mesure un visage et un corps plus humain, rendant plus palpable encore une des thématiques abordées dans cette fiction : quelle est la frontière entre l’humain et l’inhumain ?

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A facsimile of Mary Shelley’s manuscript of “Frankenstein,” written when she was just 18, will be published in March by SP Books here to mark the bicentennial of the novel’s publication in 1818. The draft version, written in two large notebooks, is full of annotations by both Mary Shelley and her future husband, Percy Shelley, showing his corrections to her spelling (“enigmatic o you pretty Pecksie!” he wrote next to her “igmmatic”) and suggested changes to vocabulary. (...)


What’s really moving about this manuscript is that you can see the literary work mixed with something tender and emotional – literature and love inside the pages of the manuscript. Their two handwritings are very similar, which is bizarre and sweet at the same time.” (...)


To commemorate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, SP Books in Paris has published a limited edition, luxury facsimile of the original manuscript. For Shelley collectors, that manuscript contains some interesting insights into the development of Shelley's story (...)


There is understandably a burst of activity surrounding the book’s 200th anniversary. The original, 1818 edition has been reissued, as paperback by Penguin Classics. There’s a beautifully illustrated hardcover, “The New Annotated Frankenstein” (Liveright) and a spectacular limited edition luxury facsimile by SP Books of the original manuscript in Shelley's own handwriting based on her notebooks. (...)


To mark the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein," an independent publishing house is releasing a manuscript that comes from Shelley's original handwritten notebooks. (...)


In honor of the two hundredth anniversary of its publication, SP Books has put together a facsimile of Shelley’s original manuscript. The pages are in Shelley’s own handwriting, and each is riddled with corrections, annotations, and messages for her husband, who also served as her reader. (...)


La plume de Mary Shelley ne tremble pas, l’écriture penchée à droite, indique une romancière déterminée. Elle veut finir son histoire, et même épater la bonne petite société! La calligraphie montre cette excitation à gagner leur fameux concours plus que les nuits glacées par la tempête (...)


If you consider yourself to be a book-lover, then you probably already know the story behind author Mary Shelley's most famous novel: according to legend, the Modern Prometheus was an idea born out of a friendly ghost story writing challenge put forth by Lord Byron during a group vacation at Lake Geneva. Now, you can actually see the genesis of the classic character yourself, because a limited run of Frankenstein's original manuscript is being released this March, and it reveals a lot about the creation of Shelley's iconic monster. (...)


The notebooks also reveal the evolution of Shelley’s famous monster as the author changed and revised her story and characters: Initially referred to as a “creature,” the monster later becomes known as a “being” with human emotion. (...)


Shelley’s manuscripts give a glimpse into the author’s creative process as well as personal insight into the playful relationship between Mary and her husband, fellow author Percy Shelley who wrote notes back and forth to one another in the story annotations and edits. (...)

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