List of Works By Mary Shelley - Novels

Novels

Title First publication Manuscript Notes Online text
Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus 3 vols. London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mayor, & Jones, 1818 There are five important versions of Frankenstein, two manuscript and three printed: "Shelley's manuscript; the fair copy manuscript, the 1818 first edition, the annotated Thomas copy, and the 1831 edition." William Godwin edited a version for the press in 1823, but he had no help from Mary Shelley and thus the edition is usually disregarded. Mary Shelley revised the 1818 text in 1831, creating a substantially new text. The editors of the Broadview Press edition of the novel write that "the 1818 and 1831 editions of Frankenstein are best treated as two separate texts". Anne K. Mellor argues that after her personal tragedies, Shelley altered the text to suggest that humans could not control their own destinies and Maurice Hindle notes that the "1831 version strips the novel of much of its context, removing a number of references to contemporary science...and Godwinian philosophy." University of Pennsylvania (1818), University of Virginia (1831)
Valperga: Or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca 3 vols. London: Printed for G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823 Internet Archive (Vol 2), Internet Archive (Vol 3)
The Last Man 3 vols. London: Henry Colburn, 1826 Google Books
The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, A Romance 3 vols. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830 Google Books (1857)
Lodore 3 vols. London: Richard Bentley, 1835 Google Books
Falkner. A Novel 3 vols. London: Saunders and Otley, 1837
Mathilda Ed. Elizabeth Nitchie. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959. Gutenberg

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