The Lady and Her Monsters
A Tale of Dissections, Attempts to Reanimate Dead Tissue, and the Writing of Mary Shelley's FrankensteinBook - 2013
Blends nineteenth-century science with literary creation to trace the origins of the classic horror story, exploring how Shelley and her contemporaries were intrigued by scientists who were obsessed with the inner workings of the human body.
The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Motillo brings to life the fascinating times, startling science, and real-life horrors behind Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein.
Montillo recounts how—at the intersection of the Romantic Age and the Industrial Revolution—Shelley’s Victor Frankenstein was inspired by actual scientists of the period: curious and daring iconoclasts who were obsessed with the inner workings of the human body and how it might be reanimated after death.
With true-life tales of grave robbers, ghoulish experiments, and the ultimate in macabre research—human reanimation—The Lady and Her Monsters is a brilliant exploration of the creation of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s horror classic.
Blending grotesque 19th-century science with literary creation, this fascinating volume, tracing the origins of the greatest horror story of all time, explores how Shelley and her contemporaries were intrigued by the occultists and scientists who risked everything to advance our understanding of human anatomy and medicine. 35,000 first printing.