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Question on Frankenstein Book Editions
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:03:48 PM »
I understand from our Lit Resource Guide this year that students are expected to be more familiar with the 1818 edition of Frankenstein than the later 1831 edition, but has anyone here issued books to their team that do use the later, revised changes and know how different the two texts are? I didn't order the books directly through USAD as we had school copies that I could provide to students for free and now that we're preparing, I am realizing that some of the narrative the students are reading seems to be different than the material covered in the resource guide (our school editions are the more commonplace 1831 Shelley novels).  Has anyone else run into this issue?
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Re: Question on Frankenstein Book Editions
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 03:42:45 PM »
I looked up the differences last spring, and I made sure that we bought the 1818 edition to look at then (and ordered from USAD when they were available).  Look here for major differences:
https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Frankenstein/the-1818-and-1831-editions/
It looks significant enough that reading the wrong edition could definitely impact scores. 

For those interested in such things, you can find an ebook AND an audiobook for free in the public domain.  I think I got them both from Project Gutenberg.  Both the 1818 and 1831 editions are available, and you can quickly tell which is which by looking at the start of chapters 2 and 3.  Look for the sentence, “When I had attained the age of seventeen, my parents resolved that… .”  If that is the first sentence of chapter 2, then that is the correct edition from 1818.  However, if that is the first sentence of chapter 3, then that is the 1831 edition.
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Re: Question on Frankenstein Book Editions
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 11:12:59 AM »
Those are some significant versions, just like with The Red Badge of Courage.
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Re: Question on Frankenstein Book Editions
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2019, 08:02:45 AM »
Our English department is supposedly reading the 1818 version, and the thin blue book the students carry around says it is the 1818 version, but upon closer inspection by me, it is NOT!  We got into a lively debate the other day about the back story of Elizabeth, and whether or not she was a cousin of Victor's. 

Also, in case anyone is interested, some professors at ASU have made a really interesting site:

https://www.frankenbook.org/