The 100 best novels: No 8 – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818) | Books | The Observer

The summer of 1816 was a washout. After the cataclysmic April 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa, part of what is now Indonesia, the world’s weather turned cold, wet and miserable. In a holiday villa on the shores of Lake Geneva, a young English poet and his lover, the guests of another poet, discouraged from outdoor pursuits, sat discussing the hideousness of nature and speculating about the fashionable subject of “galvanism”. Was it possible to reanimate a corpse?

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