How ‘Frankenstein’ Is Based on Real-Life Adventure Travel

Mary Shelley traversed glaciers, sailed Alpine lakes, and climbed peaks, taking notes every step of the way.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Published in 1818, when she was only 20 years old, her celebrated novel is about an arrogant scientist who comes to despise his hideous yet sentient creation. But through countless adaptations, Mary’s most-famous story has become just as misunderstood and distorted as Victor Frankenstein’s so-called “monster.”

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