To celebrate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s seminal Gothic novel Frankenstein, Rockport Publishers are releasing a 200th anniversary edition that will feature rich and haunting illustrations from renowned artist David Plunkert. The title will be released as part of Rockport’s Classics Reimagined series, which brings public domain stories to life with unique and evocative illustrations.
Frankenstein pushed the boundaries of literature by asking poignant and troubling questions about the nature of the scientist and his relation to the natural world. It challenged what it is to be human, and whether man’s insatiable lust for scientific advancement is morally acceptable. It created the (now arguably clichéd) trope of the mad-scientist destroyed by his own hubris and made a society in the midst of significant scientific progression uneasy. The questions it posed are just as relevant in a century where ideas such as genetic engineering and nanotechnology as poised to radically change mankind’s evolution. It’s a classic in every sense of the word; we’re excited to see Plunkert’s interpretations.
The book will be released in hardback on January 18th 2018. Buy it here.
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.
The suspense and horror of Dr. Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an unknowing family, and the creature’s revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, layered interpretations.
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