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In the summer of 1816, young Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin had fled England with her lover, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their infant son for Geneva, where they mixed with Lord Byron, his mistress (Mary’s step-sister), and John Polidori (his personal physician). As the weather was unpleasant, these five passed the days at first by reading German ghost stories and then challenged themselves to write tales of terror. Byron responded with a fragment and Polidori came through with a short story that founded modern vampire fiction , but the laurel surely went to Shelley née Godwin for her novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus , the plot of which involves the scientific creation of Life — a question that continues to haunt us almost two centuries later.
KeywordsShort Story Personal Physician Nonlinear Science Cartesian Dualism Reductive Perspective
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