May 2


“Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823.” Wikipedia

The following resources are a starting point for your research into the story and themes of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley.


Library Resources

F SHE Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (various editions including easy language and graphic novels)

DVD0304 Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) starring Robert de Niro and Kenneth Branagh

DVD0278 Frankenstein (2004) Rated M. starring Boris Karloff

DVD0272 Frankenstein (2006) starring Bo Svenson & Robert Foxworth


Online Resources – novel and film

You can find the original text online, as well as different full versions of movie adaptations of Frankenstein on YouTube.

A free audiobook of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein can be found here.

Official trailer of the first movie of Frankenstein (1931)

Finding out about Frankenstein

Who better to introduce us to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein than John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) in Frankenstein Part 1: Crash Course Literature 205:

Frankenstein Part 2: Crash Course Literature 206:


10 Things you should know about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Everything you need to know to read Frankenstein

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

Eight things you need to know about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Frankenstein (Cliffs Notes)


Mary Shelley

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (The Poetry Foundation)

Frankenstein at 200 – why hasn’t Mary Shelley been given the respect she deserves?


Teachers’ Notes

Frankenstein (Penguin Books)

Teaching Frankenstein with the New York Times (themes of the novel)