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'Frankenstein' 200 Years Later: The Creature and Its Creator

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Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster. (Insomnia Cured Here /Flickr)

“I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper.”

So wrote Mary Shelley in her introduction to the 1831 edition of “Frankenstein,” the novel she composed at age 19 after Lord Byron challenged her to write a ghost story. Cited alternatively as creation myth, bioethical cautionary tale and psychological study, “Frankenstein” turns 200 this year. Forum explores its legacy in literature, film and science.


Ellen Peel, former professor English and comparative world literature, San Francisco State University

Lester Friedman, emeritus professor of media and society, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; author, "Monstrous Progeny: A History of the Frankenstein Narratives"

Sam Arbesman, scientist in resident, Lux Capital; senior fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law

Audrey Shafer, professor, anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University


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