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Kaare Dyrness says:

I might offer The Hobbit as a counter example, a book where the author had significant changes made to the original, and they were so successful the original is no longer remembered.

Gene Miller says:

A belated comment. Yes, Project Gutenberg does have the 1818 edition as well as the 1831. I went looking for the 1818 after Steve spoke of the 2nd edition in less than maximum enthuthiasm. In addition to the Gutenberg edition in ebook versions, I have two or three annotated versions of the book.

Starscreamlive says:

Is it sacrilege to say I prefer James Whale's Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein over Shelley's Frankenstein?

Carolina Siqueira says:

I didn't know there are 2 editions of Frankenstein. Mine is the 1831, now I really want to read the 1818. Maybe in a readalong?

John Marsden says:

I didn't know or had forgotten that the edition of Frankenstein I own has been fussed over and re-written. I have found an 1818 edition and I shall enjoy comparing them. Thank you Steve.

Skjördur Svarturskikkjan says:

What do you think of Tolstoy basically rewriting War and Peace after the serialized publication was done, so the version that appeared in a full volume as a novel was very different from the original serialized version? Also notoriously Tolstoy spend decades complaining that his serialized version was better known than his "official" version that he considered vastly superior.

Paul Kennedy says:

I love that book, coincidently enough I watched 'Mary Shelley' the movies last night, they made an excellent job I think. Made me realise I really need to read Mary Shelly's Biography.I didn't know there was an 1818 edition, I will need to seek that out.

Cristinanime says:

I totally agree with you about their work being the public's and not the author's anymore after publication. Try telling that to JK Rowling though haha

Thomas says:

Can't wait to see Morrissey's Autobiography at some point during this tour 🙂

Rambling Raconteur says:

So glad you praised the style in this book. A number of “serious” readers or academics I knew in my teen years continually lambasted the prose.

I love this book, and the 1818 edition does feel fresh and more uncanny. A lot of people who like the Beats and think they are true to life or counter culture might appreciate what Shelley does here, maybe the best prose work of the Romantic movement.

Lu G says:

I read Frankenstein for the first time in 2018 and loved it so much that I re-read it in 2019. I had no idea that it had been revised, so this week I will stop in my local, independent bookstore, which has just reopened, to see if they have the 1818 version because it's time for another re-read. 🤓 Thank you!

Marcus says:

Huge fan of Frankenstein. I got both Wolf's versions of Dracula and Frankenstein, per your recommendation. It's been roughly ten years since I've read them both, so definitely in need of a reread

Contraband Research says:

Frankenstein is a story about the saying "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" and Frankenstein found this out the extremely hard way.

Also, I checked both my copies of Frankenstein and they aren't the 1818 version, so I need to check that one out.

Nate's Recent Reads says:

Absolutely love Frankenstein! One of my favorite books! First read it in my Sophomore year of highschool! Would love to read it again!

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