The Essential Frankenstein

By Mary Shelley; annotations by Leonard Wolf
357 pages | 6″ x 9 ” | $15.00
ISBN: 0-452-26968-7

frank_smThe complete text of Mary Shelley’s classic 1816 novel, fully annotated with thousands of fascinating facts and legends . . . everything you ever wanted to know about literature’s most famous Creature.


The Essential Frankenstein also includes:

A major introductory essay by Leonard Wolf which provides background on the Romantic spirit that infuses the novel, and examines how Shelley’s tragic family life influenced Frankenstein

Selections from the original ghost stories that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein, translated into English for the first time ever …

Nineteenth-century reviews of Frankenstein by Sir Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and others …

Commentary by leading contemporary writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Camille Paglia, Leonard Maltin, Robert Bloch, and many more…

A selected filmography of major Frankenstein films…

Dozens of illustrations, including stunning new artwork by Christopher Bing…

The Essential Frankenstein is the most complete and comprehensive edition of one of the world’s most haunting horror stories.


The second annotated book I edited, and a much smoother process than the first one. After I left Byron Preiss Visual the series continued with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Phantom of the Opera, edited by Keith R. A. De Candido. I later went on to edit two annotated editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s work for Dell Books, with annotater S. T. Joshi.