Fans of classic monsters and science fiction alike are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s iconic work of literature Frankenstein of the Modern Prometheus in 2018 and, here at CollectingClassicMonsters.com we intend to feature the many iterations of her creation throughout the year in an ongoing series we call Focus on Frankenstein.
Thanks to the folks at Rockport Publishing’s Classics Reimagined, we got an advance copy of a lovely new hardcover book that features Shelley’s original novel along with striking new illustrations by artist David Plunkert who has an eery steampunk collage style of illustration that is quite effective for a tale about stitching together human parts to create new life.
From the publisher:
Celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original 1818 version, Rockport Publisher’s Classics Reimagined series presents this beautiful deluxe edition. The 248-page hardcover book features an 8 page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.
About Classic Reimagined
The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.
I am enjoying re-reading this classic novel and I’m struck by the sheer magnitude of impact this work has had on pop culture over the past 200 years. Obviously, the Frankenstein Monster remains as popular as ever with lovers of classic monsters and the story has gone on to influence creators and artists time and time again.
I highly recommend this lovely hardcover book as an addition to your library and appreciate the folks over at Classics Reimagined for letting me share this beautiful book with all you classic monster collectors.
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