WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

Readers' Review: "Frankenstein" By Mary Shelley

One of the greatest horror novels was written almost 200 years ago by a 19 year old. “Frankenstein” was published in 1818 in London. Young Mary Shelley came up with the idea while she and her husband, the poet Percy Shelley, were vacationing with poet Lord Byron on Lake Geneva. The weather was dreary and Lord Byron challenged everyone to make up a ghost story. Mary came up with “Frankenstein.” Join us for a Readers’ Review discussion on why this cautionary tale about science and creation has never been out of print and has gone on to inspire legions of writers and filmakers.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpt from "The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece" by Roseanne Montillo. Copyright 2013 by Roseanne Montillo. Reprinted here by permission of William Morrow. All rights reserved.

NPR

Filmmaker Andrea Arnold On 'American Honey' And Preserving Mystery In Film

Arnold's latest film, which won the Jury Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a group of abandoned teenagers who travel together selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
NPR

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley start-up wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered, but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.
NPR

'Detroit News' Endorses Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Ingrid Jacques of the Detroit News editorial board about the paper's endorsement of libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
NPR

Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

A Silicon Valley start-up wants to use technology to solve the pizza paradox. It's a food that's meant to be delivered, but never tastes quite as good upon arrival.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.