Raising the Dead: The men who created Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's 1818 novel, Frankenstein, introduced readers around the world to the concept of raising the dead through scientific procedures. Those who read the book were thrilled by this incredible Gothic adventure. Few, however, realised that Shelley's story had a basis in fact. What she imagined as her modern Prometheus was a serious pursuit for some of the greatest minds of the early 19th century. It was a time when scientists genuinely believed, as Frankenstein did, that they could know what it feels like to be God.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherBirlinn Books
Number of pages224
ISBN (print)1780275013
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 2008