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The following titles are recommended by the Frankenstein exhibit creators and the College's reference librarians. Books are listed alphabetically by the author's last name and include the MUSS (Musselman Library) and/or ACLS (Adams County Library) call numbers.

Original art by Jim Ramos ©

We also recommend searching the Musselman Library catalog and the Adams County Library catalog using the following subject headings:

  • Frankenstein (Fictitious character)
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797 - 1851


Day, William Patrick. Vampire Legends in Contemporary American Culture: What Became a Legend Most. University Press of Kentucky, 2002. – MUSS: PS 374 .V35 D39 2002

Gothic Horror: A Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond. Clive Bloom, ed. St. Martin's Press, 1998. MUSS: PS 374 .G68 1998

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Most people think they know the story of Frankenstein. But did you realize that Mary Shelley imagined her monster as a sensitive, well-read creature who craved human companionship, not the speechless killer we see in the movies? Also many forget that Frankenstein is not actually the monster's name, but the name of the scientist who created him.
Mary Shelley
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
London, 1831
Singer-Mendenhall Collection, Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
University of Pennsylvania

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Maurice Hindle, ed. (Penguin Classics). Penguin, 2003. – MUSS: PR 5397 .F7 2003c ACLS: FIC

Non Fiction

Baldick, Chris. In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing. Oxford University Press, 1990. – MUSS: PR 5397 .F73 B3 1987

Bayer-Berenbaum, Linda. The Gothic Imagination: Expansion in Gothic Literature and Art. Fairleight Dickinson University Press, 1982. – MUSS: PR 830 .T3 B39

Hankins, Thomas. Science and the Enlightenment. Cambridge University Press, 1985. – MUSS: Q 125 .H355 1985

Haynes, Roslynn D. From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. – MUSS: PN 56.5 .S35 H39 1994

Horner, Avril. Daphne du Maurier: Writing, Identity and the Gothic Imagination. St. Martin’s Press, 1998. – MUSS: PR 6007 .U47 Z67 1998

Kass, Leon R. and James Q. Wilson. The Ethics of Human Cloning. AEI Press, 1998. – MUSS: QH 442.2 K37 1998

Lambrecht, Bill. Dinner at the New Gene Cafe: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food. St. Martin 's Press, Inc., 2001. – MUSS TP 248.65 .F66 L35 2001 ACLS: 363.19 L179d

Malik, Kenan. Man, Beast, and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us about Human Nature. Rutgers University Press, 2002. – MUSS: BF 701 .M26 2002

Come Meet the Authors!

Stuart Curran
7 p.m. November 1

Vartan Gregorian Professor of English University of Pennsylvania

Charles Robinson
7 p.m. November 10

Professor of English Romanticism University of Delaware

Mary Shelley in Her Times. Betty T. Bennett, Stuart Curran, eds. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. – MUSS: PR 5398 .M27 2000

Bennett, Betty T. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. MUSS: PR 5398 .B46 1998 ACLS: 823.7 B471m

The Mary Shelley Reader: Containing Frankenstein, Mathilda, Tales and Stories, Essays and Reviews, and Letters by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
. Betty T. Bennett and Charles E. Robinson, eds. Oxford University Press, 1990. – MUSS: PR 5397 .A4 1990

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Selected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Betty T. Bennett, ed. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. – MUSS: PR 5398 .A4 1995

Neiman, Susan. Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy. Princeton University Press, 2002. – MUSS: BJ 1401 .N45 2002

Nelkin, Dorothy and M. Susan Lindee. The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon. Henry Holt & Company, 1996. – MUSS: QH 430 .N46 1995

Picart, Caroline J.S. The Cinematic Rebirths of Frankenstein: Universal, Hammer and Beyond. Praeger, 2001. – MUSS: PN 1995.9 .F8 P52 2002

Ridley, Matt. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. HarperTrade, 2000. – MUSS: QH 431 .R475 1999 ACLS: 599.935 R546g

Robinson, Charles E. The Frankenstein Notebooks. Garland Pub., 1996
MUSS: PR 5401 1984 (Oversize)

Sappol, Michael. A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America. Princeton University Press, 2002. – MUSS: RA 619 .S37 2002

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. The Last Man. Hugh J. Luke, Jr., ed. – MUSS: PR 5397 .L3 1965

Turney, Jon. Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science, Genetics and Popular Culture. Yale University Press, 1998. – MUSS: Q 175.5 .T87 1998

Williams, Jon. Mary Shelley: A Literary Life. St. Martin 's Press, Inc., 2000. – MUSS: PR 5398 .W55 2000

Wingerson, Lois. Unnatural Selection: The Promise and the Power of Human Gene Research. Bantam Books, Inc., 1999. MUSS: QH 438.7 .W56 1998